Belize's Threatened Beauty
By Emily Fisher
Reef photos copyright 2009 Tony Rath of Tony Rath Photography. http://tonyrath.com
In 1842, in his study of the evolution of coral reefs, Charles Darwin declared that Belize was home to "the most remarkable reef in the West Indies." More than 150 years later, that spectacular reef is increasingly threatened by overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and climate change.
Oceana announced plans this summer to open its first Central American office in the country to help protect and preserve Belize's unique reefs.