Preparations underway for the 12th annual Ambergris Caye Reef Week
Reef Week will start with the ‘Swim to the Reef Awareness’ on Monday, May 8th at 5:30AM from Amigos del Mar dock. Archer invites as much people as many possible to come out and take part in this memorable activity. “You can swim, or even snorkel all the way to the reef. Take your time to appreciate the beauty of this natural resource that sustains us,” she said. There will be boats along the way in case anyone needs assistance.
Activities continue on Tuesday, May 9th with a Primary School Trivia Competition at the San Pedro Lions Den. Set to start at 9:30AM, the competition will test participants’ knowledge about the reef. Students from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village will take on the challenge. “To participate in this competition, we gave students a study guide, and they have about a month to study it,” said Archer. “The guide is not just about the reef, but it has information about the nine reserves around the country.”
The fun continues on Wednesday, May 10th at 9AM with Puppet Shows at different schools around the island. The presentations will educate the students about managing access to fishing, the rights to fish certain areas, and sustainable fishing. On Thursday, May 11th, activities will continue with the annual Reef Fair starting at 9:30AM at the Central Park. Aside from Hol Chan Marine Reserve, several organizations will be present at the event, with education booths targeting the local populace about the work they do to help protect the reef and the environment.
One of the most anticipated events will take place on Friday May 12th when Hol Chan Marine Reserve will host a lionfish tournament at Estel’s Dine by the Sea. In addition, there will also be a lionfish ceviche competition following the weigh-in, and all restaurants are invited to participate.
Reef Week will culminate on Saturday, May 13th with a Kayak Race around the island. The race will start at 8AM in front of Wayo’s Beach Bar.
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