Mesoamerican Reef

Mesoamerican Reef

This 30-minute video follows the Managed Access Fisheries Program in Belize as it works to bring an end to practices that are harming commercial fisheries and reef ecosystem health…. Read More »

Coral transplantation in Akumal, Mexico

The Mesoamerican Reef Fund (MAR Fund) was established in 2004 to ensure long-term financial support for conservation of the Mesoamerican Reef. It has since become a catalyst of innovative local conservation initiatives and regional partnerships in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. The MAR Fund was created by the leaders of national conservation funds in the four MAR… Read More »

A local guide's boat on the beach in Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

The same tropical climate and clear water that facilitated the development of the Mesoamerican Reef over the course of millennia have helped make the eastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula one of the world’s most popular tourism destinations in a matter of decades. Ivory beaches, turquoise sea, and multicolored marine life draw close to ten… Read More »

The authors, including Summit grantees Smithsonian Institution and COBI, propose that the boundaries of the MAR ecoregion be redefined based on new research on larval connectivity and physical environments. For instance, key areas in eastern Honduras should be included, while areas in northern Yucatan have a different environment and could benefit from other management strategies…. Read More »

Fed up with mountains of garbage, the Mayor of Omoa on the Caribbean coast of Honduras suggested filing suit against Guatemala for its failure to keep waste from flowing out of the Motagua watershed and onto Honduras’ beaches…. Read More »

The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative is a consortium of more than 30 organizations that addresses a key question: How do we know whether the Reef is healthy or not, and how can we track our progress in improving it?… Read More »

Elkhorn colonies

The Coral Reef Alliance tackles water pollution that threatens reef health in Honduras, working to increase access to wastewater treatment and make improved water quality a national priority…. Read More »

Working with fishers in the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, COBI is focusing on the strategically important fish spawning aggregation sites, where commercially valuable species such as groupers and snappers reproduce at predictable times, leaving them highly vulnerable to overfishing…. Read More »

An alliance of 40 organizations – from fishing cooperatives and government agencies to NGOs and academics – is working to establish a network of fish refuges in Quintana Roo. … Read More »

Ensuring compliance with environmental law is a major challenge in Quintana Roo, one of the fastest growing tourism destinations in the MAR. For more than 20 years, CEMDA has worked to protect Mexico’s natural resources and the rights of citizens to a health environment…. Read More »