Mesoamerican Reef


This 13-minute video raises awareness about the damage caused by gillnets in Belize and how traditional gillnet fishers are increasingly joining sports fishers and others to support its ban. … Read More »

A growing number of shrimp farms in Belize is now under Aquaculture Stewardship Council certification, adding up to 10,000 tons of sustainably produced shrimp to the marketplace while reducing effluents that impact the reef ecosystem…. Read More »

This 4-minute video explains why it makes economic sense to think of fish refuges as “piggy banks” of the ocean. It is part of a campaign to promote fish refuges in the Mesoamerican Reef and gain support from fishers and government officials for the target of establishing 20 percent of the reef ecoregion as no-take zones…. Read More »

This 9-minute video explores the launch of the OurFish App in Honduras, a digital reporting system that enables fishing communities to monitor the amount, type, and location of fish being caught…. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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