By 1963 three fishing cooperatives were in existence, namely Caribeņa Producers,
Northern Fishermen and Placencia Producers.
At the end of 1963 the three societies were discussing and exploring the possibilities
of joint formation of federal seafood marketing cooperative or association so that
they - the primary producer societies - could concentrate on providing their membership
with services and facilities to improve their productivity. This was the first effort toward
forming an association. That effort was unsuccessful.
The principal reason for the failure was that those cooperatives feared losing control
over their two major functions, namely processing and marketing. Although attempts
were made to clarify that they were merely sharing control not surrendering it, some
were adamant about being completely independent operations rather than one control
processing and marketing operation.
In 1970 the Belize Fishermen Cooperative Association Ltd. - the federal society the fishing cooperatives were thinking of forming since 1963 - became a legal entity. But members did not want it to engage in processing and marketing of marine products. Instead it was designed to provide only education, legal and technical services to its members.
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