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Oct 9, 2019

MAR Countries Meet to Discuss Reef Restoration

Today the Meso-American Reef Network held its second biennial meeting. Belize, Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras gathered in Belize City to talk about the challenges of the Meso-American Reef and how they are responding to those issues. As we’ve reported, one of the issues is the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease that is present in Belize and Mexico. But the entire MAR is under pressure from a number of threats and the countries got together to plan how to address those challenges and learn about some of the best practices being employed. We stopped in at today’s meeting where we spoke with the President of the MAR Network.

 

Anastazia Banaszak

Anastazia Banaszak, President, MAR Network

“Another major issue for some of the countries is sargassum; the sea weed that seems to just land on our coast and that has been happening now for a few years and we are seeing some pretty deleterious effects from that. Water quality is another issue that some of the countries are facing, especially in Mexico where the reef is really close to the coast. So, we need to deal with all the problems associated with reduced water quality, because all of those factors along with the problem of CO2 emissions, where the temperatures of the sea water is rising all of that is having a negative effects on corals and coral reefs. So, that means it has an effect on tourism, fishing and all sorts of activities that affects us humans that rely on these ecosystems.”

 

We’ll have more from today’s Meso-American Reef Meeting in Thursday’s newscast.


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