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#535797 04/09/19 05:42 AM
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Hol Chan announces activities for Reef Fest 2019

Its that time of the year again to celebrate!! Yes you guessed it right!! Its Our 14th annual Reef Fest!!!!!!! Celebrated this year from May 10th-14th under the theme "Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility, Get Involved!!!! (There is not going to be any Reef Swim this year)

Hol Chan Marine Reserve has announced the various activities that will be taking place during their annual Reef Fest, to be held from Tuesday, May 7th to Saturday, May 11th under the theme: "Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility. Get involved." For the past 13 years, Hol Chan has been celebrating Belize's Barrier Reef System through a week of activities, aimed at raising awareness on the importance of protecting and preserving the marine environment.

This year's Reef Fest will kick-off at 9:30AM on Tuesday, May 10th with a primary school Educational Puppet Show at the Lions Den in downtown San Pedro. The following day, the highly anticipated primary school Trivia Competition will take place at the Lions Den. The competition will start at 9:30AM and challenges students' knowledge of Belize's ecosystem, flora, and fauna, as well as the laws pertaining to the protection of the environment. That night, the Official Reef Fest Launch will take place at the San Juan Roundabout at 7:30PM. This a new event added to the calendar this year so be ready for a surprise.

On Friday, May 10th the Reef Fair will take place at the Central Park from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. There will be several booths from various organizations across the country educating attendees on the importance of the reef. Another favorite event will take place that day: The Lionfish Hunt and a Ceviche Cook-Off at Estel's Dine by the Sea. Reef Fest 2019 will culminate with a clean-up campaign in various areas of the island starting at 8AM on Saturday, May 11th.

To find out more about the Reef Fest 2019 activities and how you can be part of the event, contact the Hol Chan Marine Reserve office at 226-2247 or follow them on Facebook.

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Due to the upcoming referendum we have moved our Reef Fest dates slightly, therefore Reef Fest 2019 kicks off on Friday May 10th to Tuesday May 14th!!!!

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Reef Fest 2019 Lionfish Tournament....gather your teams...lets see who will be the top Lionfish slayer!!!!!

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Video: San Pedro had an educational street fair today in honour of Reef Week...


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Hol Chan Kicks Off Reef Week 2019

Reef Week 2019 was officially kicked off on Friday, May 10, 2019 with its annual Reef Fair which took place at Central Park. Students from various schools and the public in general were invited to attend a very informative fair.

There were booths from the Department of Environment, San Pedro Tourguide Association - Kids in Action, Oceana Belize, Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA), Hol Chan Marine Reserve, American Crocodile Education Sanctuary (ACES), Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve and the San Pedro House of Culture. Children learned about protected areas, protected fish, the environment and even about crocodiles. The House of culture had a beautiful display of San Pedro when it was once a thriving fishing village. It was a very hot day but refreshments were available for those in attendance courtesy of Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve 2019 Reef Fest opens with Reef Fair

Hol Chan Marine Reserve's 2019 Reef Fest kicked-off with a Reef Fair at the Central Park in San Pedro Town on Friday, May 10th. Under this year's theme: "Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility. Get involved", the Reef Fair saw various organization educating island students and residents on the importance of the protection and conservation of marine life and the environment. At 9:30AM, the Reef Fair saw booths opened to the public, highlighting topics such as the importance of protecting and preserving the Barrier Reef, as well as different wildlife and marine ecosystems. Attendees were also educated on the laws about the different protected areas and marine species.

Attendees further had the chance to participate in an art competition, dance a Baby Shark competition and some even got their face painted! At mid-day, the Reef Fair featured stilt dancers and performances from Baby Shark and his friend Tito the Turtle.

Click here to read the rest of the article and see more photos in the San Pedro Sun

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2019 Reef Fest Puppet Show entertains island children

Many island children from various schools across the island enjoyed a fun Puppet Show at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Monday, May 13th. The Puppet Show is a yearly activity held during Hol Chan Marine Reserve Reef Fest, aimed at educating younger children in a fun manner on the importance of the protecting and preserving both the environment and marine life.

The kids had a lot of fun while learning important information. After that, Baby Shark and his friend Tito, the Turtle visited them, to the delight of the children who got up to dance, hug and even take pictures with them. The show culminated with Ozzy the Clown entertaining with his magic tricks. While some enjoyed the fun and magical presentations, others got their face paintings at the back of the den!

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Camrin Rhaburn wins 14th Annual Reef Fest Trivia Competition

The Hol Chan Marine Reserve 2019 Reef Fest culminated with their 14th Annual Trivia Competition with the participation of various students from San Pedro Town and Caye Caulker. The competition was held at the Lions Den in San Pedro Town on Tuesday, May 14th. San Pedro Roman Catholic School student Camrin Rhaburn proved that she had the most knowledge of the marine ecosystem, taking the coveted first place title.

Contestants were questioned about protected areas, coral reefs, the role of the mangroves in the ecosystem, protected marine species, and even about the laws about the opening and closing season for lobster and conch and the importance of doing so. Students seemed to be well-prepared, answering the questions to the best of their abilities. Judging the contest were Alicia Eck- Nu�ez, Mario Reque�a, and Kirah Forman-Castillo.

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A look back at Reef Fest 2019!!!.....Our Reef, Our Life, Our Responsibility



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