Sea to Shore Alliance, through research, education, and conservation, works to improve the health and productivity of coastal environments for the endangered species and human livelihoods that depend on them.
Belize has the highest known population of endangered Antillean manatees in the world. In 1997, when Dr. James A. Powell began his work in this remarkable country, poaching was the greatest threat to manatees. Through education and training, Dr. Powell and his collaborators, including U.S. Geological Survey, reduced poaching incidents to nearly zero. Now rapid coastal development threatens their survival. Sea to Shore Alliance works to provide the Belizean government the data, expertise, and scientific exchange needed to establish sanctuaries, speed zones, and other actions to help ensure the survival of manatees.