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#452529 12/02/12 11:22 AM
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Mexico Rocks
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Mexico Rocks is a shallow patch reef complex located off the far northern tip of Ambergris Caye, in the Belizean Barrier Reef. The site consists of approximately 100 Holocene patch reefs, clustered on a ridge of Pleistocene limestone, and is composed predominantly of boulder corals (Montastraea annularis). The reef has accumulated in shallow (about 2.5 to 5 metres) water over the last 420 years, under static sea level conditions.
The Montastraea annularis patch corals that dominate here are unique to Ambergris Caye's northern lagoon and a rare occurrence in Belize; the only other such patch reefs in the country are located at Glover's Reef.[1] In addition, staghorn coral Acropora cervicornis occurs on the ridge's windward and leeward flanks.
The site was recommended for designation as a marine preserve in 1978, and is still under consideration.[1] It is seen as an important addition to the caye's ecotourism attractions,[1] being a popular snorkelling destination. The area is known for conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, flounders, stingray, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of butterfly fish and angelfish.



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elbert #452534 12/02/12 12:39 PM
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I'm 100% behind the making of Mexico Rocks a reserve. It will be a very smart move for the island and Belize Tourism. There are only 29 more days left in 2012, so I'm thinking the rumors and hype about it being a reserve before the end of the year are much like the rumors and hype thats been ongoing since 1978.


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elbert #452536 12/02/12 01:10 PM
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Why put off today what you can put off tomorrow, procrastination the Belizean way!


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I love snorekling Mexico Rocks inside the reef and diving the site outside the reef, was fun as well. Sure hope they get it designated soon.

elbert #452561 12/02/12 07:38 PM
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Its still a beautiful site but suffering from over fishing. From my experiences I believe this will mend itself quickly when the fishing is controlled. I'm looking forward to to it but a little tired of waiting.



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elbert #452611 12/03/12 12:04 PM
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Am much in favour but just hope they will not stop me and the Mrs turning up there in our own boat to snorkel!

elbert #455125 01/13/13 11:34 AM
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Well, its now 2013 and Mexico Rocks is still being fished, Boat loads of tourist are visiting unsupervised and nothing has changed!


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elbert #455137 01/13/13 05:10 PM
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Sounds like a good adventure. Is it a full day project to go there? We will be there in a couple of weeks, and want to take my wife to as many really good snorkling spots as possible in the week we will be around.

elbert #466248 06/09/13 07:12 AM
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New rumors have it that this might be the week!
The program has morphed into being an annex to Hol Chan, same rangers and same park ticket. Word on the street is the Cabinet will sign this week.
This will be a major biggie for the islands tourism and future of its environment.
I'm excited and trying to design a trip that will do Hol Chan/ Shark Ray in the morning and Mexico Rocks after lunch.
Maybe a beach BBQ lunch and make it a full day...lots of possibilities.


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elbert #466250 06/09/13 07:58 AM
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Great idea Elbert


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