Belize barrier reef reserve system
- The reef system
- The life forms found on the reef
- Human encounters
- The CCC
- What can be done to ensure the protection of the reef?
The country of Belize is rather small; it is approximately the size of Massachusetts. The Belize Barrier Reef that sits at ?16º 13' North, 88º 48' West? (WorldAtlas.com) however, is ?the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Nearly 260km long, it runs from the northern border of the country, where it is only about 1km offshore, south to the Sapodilla Cayes which lie some 40km offshore.? (Wells, No date) It is a beautiful destination. The location provides sun rises and sun sets that only dreams are made of. The area screams to be photographed, but its screams are closely followed by an echo claiming not to touch. Within the Barrier Reef beauty lays a home to various life forms. How much human disturbance can the Belize Barrier Reef endure before it ceases to exist?
Not only is the Belize Barrier Reef the largest reef in the Western Hemisphere, it is also has ?one of the most diverse reef ecosystems in the world.? (Wells, No date) Within the reef, has been the discovery of over 66 types of Scleratinian corals. This number represents over 90% of the Caribbean's total amount of discovered corals. Some of the rarest organisms have been found on the reef, including the American Crocodile. The Belize Barrier Reef is home to more than 300 fish species, well more than half of the species of fish that can be found in the entire Caribbean itself.
[...] It has been documented that shifting and changing the area around a body of water such as the Belize Barrier Reef produces pollutions into the water. Dredging also has a major effect on the land and such organisms as the crocodile. The crocodile lives in mangroves and turtle grass areas of the reef as these areas provide food for the crocodiles to thrive on. turtle grass beds have been lost to dredging and water pollution and mangroves are increasingly being cleared.? (Green Reef, 2000) In order to protect the fish that live in the reef's waters, we must gain a better grasp on the illegal fishing that occurs. [...]
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