Caribbean Reef Conservation – Belize

 Coral-Reef-SCUBA

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Fast Facts
A project offered by:
Personal Overseas Development
Based in:Sapodilla Cayes, Belize
Working with:Coral reefs
Reef associated wildlife
Queen Conch
Lobster
Lionfish
Sea Turtles
Activities including:SCUBA diving
Surveys and data collection
Community based education and outreach activities


Price*:from £895 / €1155 / $1425
Duration:from 1 week
*Please note that pricing may be subject to change (check with operator)

The project’s primary objective is to encourage the Belizean Government to enforce preservation zones in the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve. The team carry out marine surveys, collecting data on the local fish & invertebrate population and this is submitted internationally to Reef Check headquarters for inclusion in global coral reef status reports, and locally to the Belizean Department of Fisheries.

The volunteers’ primary role is to contribute towards the project’s on-going surveys, data collection and conservation work. They make a major contribution to the understanding of the reef ecosystem in the Sapodilla Cayes.  The team has been very active in the monitoring of local fish populations, particularly the lionfish, as well as being instrumental in the development of community awareness campaigns.

The project was granted a Highly Commended award by the World Responsible Tourism Awards in the Best Responsible Wildlife Experiences category in recognition of the fantastic work being carried out.

Go to Pod’s website to find out more about this project.