Hol Chan gears up for the 9th annual Reef Week from May 10th to 17th
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is making final preparations for the 9th annual Reef Week celebrations in both Caye Caulker Village and San Pedro Town. The events will be celebrated from the 10th to the 17th of May under the theme “Our Reef Needs Our Protection for Future Generations.”
Events for Reef Week will kick off with the two-day Lagoon- Reef Eco Challenge scheduled for May 10th and 11th. The challenge itself highlights the importance of the island’s eco-system to the marine environment. Activities continue on Monday May 12th with a coastal and waterways cleanup campaign in the town core beach. Archer said that several stakeholders such as schools, tour operators and guides as well as the San Pedro Town Council have been invited to join in this event.
On Tuesday May 13th, Hol Chan Marine Reserve officials will release Ellen, the stranded sea turtle that was brought from Placencia. On Wednesday May 14th, primary school students from Caye Caulker and San Pedro Town will participate in the annual Reef Week Trivia Competition. Schools from both islands have been invited to submit the names of two students for the competition. The competition will test the participants’ knowledge about the reef.
Activities will then continue on Thursday May 15th with the annual Marine Fair starting at 9:30 AM at the San Pedro Central Park. The main highlight of the Marine Fair is the “Art from Trash” and Nature Photograph competitions with the participation of students from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker Village. In addition, several organizations have been invited to set up educational booths to target the local populace about the work they do to help protect the reef and the environment.
On Friday May 16th, Hol Chan Marine Reserve will be taking a few teachers for a trip to Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve to coincide with Teacher’s Day celebration. Activities will culminate on Saturday May 17th with a second cleanup exercise, this time, along the turtle nesting beach in the Robbles Area and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve beach.
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