Mesoamerican Reef

Stories from the Reef

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 »

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 »