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Feb 8, 2013

Teaching guides and mariners to protect manatees

In some parts of the world, manatees are endangered species. Belize enjoys a healthy manatee population, but mariners who speed along the coast and mangrove regularly come into contact with the mammal. The Sea to Shore Alliance and the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute have been recording deaths caused by boat collisions. The organizations have decided to hold a two-day workshop with over eighty tour guides to build awareness on the specie and how to engage the manatee in coastal waters.


Jamal Galves, Manatee Research Associate, Sea to Shore Alliance/CZMAI

Jamal Galves

“The workshop is to address the increase in mortally rate at the Belize River mouth. The project that I won the conservation award; this is part of the funds on that project. Our key audience was the tour operators that use that area. So we sent out an extended invitation to majority of the tour operators as well as the people that want to learn more on manatee in that area. we had tour operators like Cruise Solutions, Chukka, Ecological Tours—just to name a few. The turnout was surprising; we had eighty-nine people registered in the two days. We had over seventy odd attendants. I was impressed with the attendants and how the people react.”


Lisel Alamilla

Lisel Alamilla, Minister of Forestry, Fishers and Sustainable Development

“I think it’s always important to create awareness about what the role of everyone in our society is in ensuring that we protect our manatees and this is one that is being carried out by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute under the responsibility of Jamal Galvez, who won the conservation leadership award that has made this activity possible. It is especially important to create awareness within the tourism sector and especially those at the frontline who are the tour guides on the ground and coming in contact with manatees.”


Jamal Galves

“From what I’ve seen majority of the tour operators and tour guides and boat captains have assured me that they will try to practice—since they are aware of the situation—try and practice good boating skills noh.”


Since the beginning of the year, two manatee deaths have been recorded due to collisions at sea. 

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1 Response for “Teaching guides and mariners to protect manatees”

  1. Unitedville Guy says:

    On Tuesday of last week i came from work around 5.30 and went to the store in unitedville to buy cigarets. There i encountered the chairman mike Juan drunk as usual.. He proceeded to follow and threaten me but i walked away and was ignoring him. he then jumped in his truck and went around and came back in front of me in his truck. there he sat with his gun in his lap to further intimidate me, but when i refused to be intimidated he pulled his gun and pointed it at me and pointed it at me. that’s when i knocked the gun away and punched him. he then gathered up men from the village and brutally beat me.. i have made a report at Cayo police station for a gun charge and harm, i have my doctor paper pictures, witnesses and a lot more but they have refused to charge him with anything and are trying to sweep this under the rug like if nothing happened.. Inside sourced have told me that prominent minister officials called the cayo police station and told them not to press charges against him. i am not the first, second nor third person this has happen to.

  2. big daddy says:

    I study in Cayo , I know Mike Quan is a coward and like to threanten peolpe. Also like to
    pull his gun and run like a baby to get his slaves to hurt you. I wish he was in Suga City , we will
    teach him to be a man , if not we will bring the Zetas to hunt him and his slaves.

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