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#521282 - 01/31/17 12:15 AM Reef Week 2017  
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Reef Week is just around the corner! Stay tuned for the calendar of events that will surely inspire you to "turn the tide and respect the reef!"

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#521839 - 02/21/17 03:23 PM Re: Reef Week 2017 [Re: Marty]  
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The Reef Week 2017 Calendar is out! It's time to "Turn the Tide, Respect the Reef!" The Reef Week 2017 Calendar is here! Visit Reef Week Belize to learn more about how you can get involved in this year's Reef Week!

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#522248 - 03/11/17 06:46 AM Re: Reef Week 2017 [Re: Marty]  
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Belize's Barrier Reef makes up more than 300 meters of this ecosystem; in fact, Belize's barrier reef is the second longest in the world. The Government of Belize has proposed a one kilometer buffer to protect the Reef from the inherent hazards of offshore oil. Experts say a compromise safety buffer would be a minimum of 50 kilometers. As we begin Reef Week 2017, we join the call to "Turn the Tide; Respect the Reef"!

#522342 - 03/16/17 01:34 PM Re: Reef Week 2017 [Re: Marty]  
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Reef Week Opens in San Pedro with beach clean up

San Pedro Town participated on Sunday, March 12th, with a reef swim cleanup effort. At 7AM, many ocean conservationists dressed in snorkel gear gathered at the Isla Bonita Yacht Club’s dock. The participants swam to Central Park, while cleaning sea beds and picking up debris such as: bottles, engine parts, tires, old anchors, ropes, and other items.

According to Martin John Leslie, Reef Swim organizer, islanders showed their love for the environment by attending the event. “A lot of people came out, and they mainly cleaned the sea grass beds from in front of Belize Yacht Club to the Central Park-parallel to the Barrier Reef. Because many juvenile fish shelter in sea grass beds, cleaning them helps to protect the fish from predators,” said Leslie.

Reef Week continues through Friday, March 17th with many activities, including more beach clean ups, parades, and movie nights. For more information on Reef Week or to view the full calendar of events, please visit Reek Week Belize via Facebook at

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#522482 - 03/22/17 11:47 AM Re: Reef Week 2017 [Re: Marty]  
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Belize Reef Week 2017 A Success

This year, Belizeans across the country celebrated the contributions of the Belize Barrier Reef through a multitude of activities, including delivering more than 265,000 signatures from around the world to the Prime Minister’s office asking for a ban on offshore oil, hosting a bike ride from the National Assembly building in Belmopan to the Belize City coast to highlight that decisions made in the corridors of power have impact on marine resources, organizing informational fairs, concerts, swims to the reef, participating in morning show broadcasts live from Punta Gorda, holding art exhibits, executing clean-ups, lionfish culls and launching social media competitions and poetry contests.

More than 190,000 Belizeans living in Belize’s coastal and island communities earn their livelihoods from tourism, making that industry account for almost 25% of the country’s gross domestic product. Another 15,000 Belizeans are directly dependent on Belize’s fisheries for their livelihoods. So it is not surprising that economic reports show that in the areas of tourism, fishing and shoreline protection, the Belize Barrier Reef contributes more than a billion dollars every year to Belize. Therefore, efforts to ensure health and integrity of our marine resources also ensure economic sustainability for the country, and safeguard the interests of almost two thirds of Belize’s population.

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