Mesoamerican Reef

Mesoamerican Reef

This article discusses coral reefs off Mahahual in Mexico, where coral cover dominance declined and was replaced by algae over 14 years. The results indicate that coastal development can harm reef resilience and that better coastal zone and watershed management, along with maintaining fish herbivory, are critical for reefs in Mesoamerica…. Read More »

This paper documents the establishment of the Kanan Kay Alliance, a network of 40+ organizations that works to create fish refuges (no-take zones) within TURFs across the Mexican Caribbean…. Read More »

The authors of this paper (from WCS, Smithsonian Institution, and others) offer a counter-approach to “predict and prescribe” strategies that tend to prioritize protection of more pristine reefs over impacted reefs. Disturbed reefs may actually enable more rapid adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The paper champions adaptation networks that provide a more diverse portfolio of genotypes, species, and communities to spread the risk…. Read More »

The Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI) released its 2015 Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef, based on a study of 248 coral reef sites along 1000 km off the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras…. Read More »

On the northeastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, between Cancun and Tulum, lies the idyllic Riviera Maya, with more than 70,000 hotel rooms spread along its beaches. Developers continue to build new resorts, homes, and condos there, and because of the way those projects are sited and built, they often pose significant threats to nearby… Read More »

Divemaster and tourists in Cozumel

Though the top attractions in the Riviera Maya, Mexico are sun, sea, and sand, many vacationers spend time on the nearby Mesoamerican Reef, from experienced scuba divers to cruise ship passengers snorkeling for the first time. During the high season, the reefs may receive thousands of visitors every day who bring with them the potential… Read More »

Belize is the first country in the world to adopt a national, multispecies secure fishing rights program for small-scale fisheries. The new paradigm empowers Belize’s fishers and communities to conserve and protect the ecosystem, while still using its resources to provide for their families.
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Schoolchildren in Belize

TIDE, one of Belize’s most respected NGOs, uses a ridge-to-reef approach in its conservation and sustainable development work in southern Belize’s Mayan Mountain Marine Corridor, where it manages … … Read More »