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Sharks, rays win new trade protections

Sharks, rays win new trade protections | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
Summit limits trade of five shark species, two types of manta ray under commercial fishing pressure.
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Great news for Belizeans and sharks and rays!

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Abalone Caye - Here to stay and new fish magnet

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Abalone Caye, a small island in Port Honduras Marine Reserve and the location of TIDE's marine ranger station, is being saved from being washed away by the waves by a new artificial reef.

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Marine Turtle Conservation in San Pedro, Belize

Marine Turtle Conservation in San Pedro, Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

"...The 2012 sea turtle nesting season is well underway and the marine biologist of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and staff of Bacalar Chico Reserve are working hard in monitoring the beaches up north and taking down data for this season. A special discover was made this week on the northernmost part of the island; the very first Hawksbill turtle nest for the season was found by the team..."

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SAVE THE FROGS in BELIZE!

SAVE THE FROGS in BELIZE! | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Great chance to contribute to a worthwhile conservation effort in Belize.

 

"...I will be returning to Belize in July 2012 to continue spreading SAVE THE FROGS' amphibian conservation message. In particular, I will be giving more presentations and working to grow Belize's network of students, academics and biologists interested in amphibian conservation efforts. I am especially excited to go to villages in areas of high amphibian biodiversity to encourage children and adults to understand the importance of amphibians within their local ecosystems...."

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Healthy Reefs Mesoamerican Reef Survey

Nice video about our reefs in Belize.  Check out the clip at 2:30!

 

Healthy Reefs Mesoamerican Reef Survey...

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ERI conducts validation of the 2010 Mangrove Cover Map for Belize - Environmental Research Institute

ERI conducts validation of the 2010 Mangrove Cover Map for Belize - Environmental Research Institute | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) was created primarily for research and monitoring and producing results that are directly relevant and applicable to the sustainable management of Belize's natural resources.

 

"...During the months of April and May 2011, the ERI along with local partners, the Southern Environmental Association (SEA), Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), Wild Tracks and Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD) worked in an effort to complete the validation of the 2010 mapping study on the “Identification of Threatened and Resilient Mangroves in Belize” published by the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) in collaboration the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)..."

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Glover’s Reef Seascape, Belize - Wildlife Conservation Society

Glover’s Reef Seascape, Belize - Wildlife Conservation Society | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

A short summary about the wonders and challenges at Glover's Reef, Belize.

 

"...Glover’s Reef Seascape lies at the heart of the largest coral reef system in the Western Hemisphere, just 28 miles off the coast of Belize. An astounding 800 patch coral reefs dot its waters, which encompass 12,500 acres. Glover’s Reef is a critical nursery and feeding ground for sea turtles, sharks and rays, and numerous fish species that gather in massive numbers..."

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Belize Limits Reef Fishing

Belize Limits Reef Fishing | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Nice article by the New York Aquarium and Wildlife Conservation Society on new laws in Belize protecting the marine environment.

 

"...Belize is giving its beleaguered parrotfish, Nassau grouper, and other reef fish a chance to recover from years of overfishing. The national government and minister of agriculture and fisheries signed a sweeping set of new laws to protect the country’s extensive coral reefs, considered to be the most pristine in the Western Hemisphere..."

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Keep the Coast Clear: Of Turtles and Trash: What trash on Belize's shores suggests about global problems

Keep the Coast Clear: Of Turtles and Trash: What trash on Belize's shores suggests about global problems | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Very interesting story about a group of students traveling to Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve in Belize to cleanup a turtle nesting site.  They analyzed the trash and found...

 

"...Jon and his student teams began to categorize the garbage they found – much like Ocean Conservancy does during the annual International Coastal Cleanup – to figure out where all the trash was coming from and how they could stop it. They learned amazing things about the profile of the garbage:..."

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My Weekend with a Forest Ranger

My Weekend with a Forest Ranger | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Cool first hand account fo time spent with a forest ranger from Ya’axché’s Golden Stream Corridor Preserve Ranger Field Station in Toldeo, Belize.

 

"...I’ve been given the rare opportunity to stay at the field station and join the rangers on an early morning hike along one of their regular routes as they collect data about the health of the preserve’s ecosystems. In the past, the forest was depleted of its precious natural resources faster than it could replenish itself..."

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Turneffe Atoll Trust - Belize

Turneffe Atoll Trust - Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

And here is the website of the team working to protect Turneffe Atoll.

 

"...Through our advocacy efforts in Belize, we are working with all stakeholders and the Government of Belize to create a Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve..."

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Netting Change for Fisheries in Belize

Netting Change for Fisheries in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

A feel good story about conservation efforts in Belize to protect our marine resources.

 

"WCS conservationists help Belize develop a management program to restore the health of both fisheries and the coral reef ecosystems at its Glover’s Reef and Port Honduras Marine Reserves..."

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The Belize Shark Project

The Belize Shark Project | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Rachel Graham studies sharks. She live captures, measures, tags and releases them. When she asked if I would document some field work for her (actually it was an assignment for Men's Journal), I jumped at it. There is little I find more exciting or adrenaline pumping than swimming with a tiger shark, even if it is controlled by a line around its caudal fin. The film crew is from National Geographics "Born to Explore" series, and yes that is the star of the show Richard Wiese.

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Alexia Malo 's curator insight, January 10, 2013 2:14 PM

If you are passionate about Sharks you'll love this Belize Shark Project! 

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Charity boxing match raises funds for conservation in Belize | Fauna & Flora International

Charity boxing match raises funds for conservation in Belize | Fauna & Flora International | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it
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New Assessment Finds Management Efforts are Insufficient to Protect Mesoamerican Reef

New Assessment Finds Management Efforts are Insufficient to Protect Mesoamerican Reef | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

"...The first-ever Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) countries finds that despite some positive management efforts, more needs to be done to protect the region’s coral reefs. The evaluation, entitled “2011 Eco-Audit of the Mesoamerican Reef Countries,” was carried out by the Healthy Reefs Initiative (HRI), in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), and nearly 40 local organizations, government agencies and companies. The results are being launched simultaneously in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico..."

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Online & Social Media Marketing Intern Opportunity

Online & Social Media Marketing Intern Opportunity | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

An opportunity to work with a conservation group in Southern Belize.

 

"...The selected intern will work primarily on the marketing of this tourism establishment and to tie in TIDE’s work in our marketing efforts. Marketing activities will include website launch promotions, email marketing, ongoing online promotions, Social media marketing and blogging managing and creating site content..."

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The Solitary Eagle in Belize

The Solitary Eagle in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

The solitary eagle is a great find by Belizean conservationist Ron Martinez.

 

"...The Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus solitarius) is one of the least known raptors in the Neotropics. In fact, prior to the Belize Raptor Research Institute’s (BRRI) 2011 discovery of an active nest for this species, only two other nests had been found – both more than fifty years ago!.."

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Study Manatees & Dolphins in Belize

Study Manatees & Dolphins in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Here is your chance to help marine conservation in Belize and learn about manatees and dolphins at the same time.

 

"...Join our research team next year for two intense weeks of total immersion into the world of animal behavior, ecology & conservation, Antillean manatees, bottlenose dolphins,"

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SAVE THE FROGS in BELIZE!

SAVE THE FROGS in BELIZE! | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Feel like contributing to conservation efforts in Belize?  Here is one small project you can consider.

 

"...During my time in Belize, I plan to travel around the country to broaden the mission of SAVE THE FROGS by protecting amphibian populations and promoting a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife. Much of my travels are paid out of my own pocket, so I am starting a fundraiser to help my amphibian conservation efforts in Belize!.."

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Eagles Believed Extinct Found in Belize

Eagles Believed Extinct Found in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

A feel good story and a little dated; too bad they show a bald eagle instead of a harpy eagle in the article.

 

"...Several Harpy eagles have been discovered in Belize’s Maya Mountains for the first time in 60 years. The eagles were believed extinct in the country, due to habitat loss and overhunting. “This is incredibly significant for bird conservation in the..."

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Introduction to the Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Manatee & Dolphins

Introduction to the Ecology, Behavior & Conservation of Manatee & Dolphins | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Great opportunity to experience Belize and learn about those beautiful creatures manatee and dolphins.

 

"..Want to be a Conservation Biologist, Behavioral Ecologist or Marine Mammalogist? Here's your chance to join our research team for two intense weeks of total immersion into the world of animal behavior, ecology & conservation, Antillean manatees, bottlenose dolphins, coral reefs, mangroves and seagrass beds in Belize!.."

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This would be an amazing opportunity to be able to go to Belize to study marine behavior! The price is actually fairly resonable as well. It is about $2995 US dollars. The trip includes housing, meals, ground & water transfer fees, research & materials fees. That money does not include airfare, books, tips, or credit hours. The work and hours put in are comparable to a 3 credit hour university course.

 

Marine Biology's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:25 AM

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En Belize, te pasas mucho tiempo en el agua. Estudiara los delfines y los manatis. Ocho horas estando en el oceano. Comida, un casa y los materiales proporcionando. Es muy divertida 

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The Bahamas learns the value of ecotourism from Belize.

The Bahamas learns the value of ecotourism from Belize. | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Evidence that despite the environmental problems, Belize is in some ways a leading light for other countries in the Caribbean.

 

"...By investing in ecotourism, Belize has protected more than a third of it's total land area, as well as about 13 percent of it's marine area. As a world leader in conservation, CSF's Venetia Hargreaves-Allen believes the Bahamas could learn significantly from Belize's success..."

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Supporting a Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve in Belize

Supporting a Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve in Belize | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Turneffe Atoll is one of the largest and most ecologically varied locations in Belize...and some people in Belize are trying to keep it that way.

 

"...Nearly a decade ago, Turneffe Atoll Trust was formed to help implement an environmental success story, one in which a globally significant ecosystem gained protection before an environmental crisis hit. Turneffe Atoll is currently healthy and as of yet, does not need to be fixed. What it urgently needs, however, is protection and management so it doesn’t fall victim to further improper development, unsustainable commercial activities, and environmental degradation...."

 

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Mangrove Importance in Belize: Biodiversity and Protection

Mangrove Importance in Belize: Biodiversity and Protection | Belize in Social Media | Scoop.it

Bring a camera when you travel in Belize and you’ll return with enough unbelievable screen-saver shots to make you long for the soft sand and twinkling blue Caribbean every day of the year. For a little variety, and to pay homage to the most important plant species in Belize, focus your lens on the spindly mangrove forests that grow along the shore.

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