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May 5, 2022

Manatee Population Estimation to Inform Blue Bond Unit’s Efforts

The data gathered will be sent to a research institution in Florida that is equipped to determine the population estimate of the Antillean Manatees in Belize. We also spoke with Beverly Wade, the Director at the Blue Bonds Unit about how the data will inform her unit’s efforts in developing a marine spatial plan.

 

Beverly Wade

Beverly Wade, Director, Blue Bonds Unit

“From a professional and personal standpoint, I am excited about what is happening. When I was at the Fisheries Department, I was very much supportive of the work that was being done by Clear Water Marine as it relates to manatee conservation in Belize. Manatees are really an iconic specie for Belize. But, they are also a very good indicator species for ocean health really. That is what the Blue Bonds are here for. It is to provide the support for the Ministry of Blue Economy and partners like Clear Water Marine to now ensure that we have information and that we are in a position to put in whatever intervention that we need to have good ocean, and coastal, and marine health in country. So, one of the big things that Blue Bonds is now looking at is the formulation of a marine spatial plan. The idea is that the marine spatial plan inform on where interventions needs to be made for conservation, and when you look at a specie like manatee and the information that is being collected now through this more comprehensive type of population distribution and population status, that information will be able to feed into that process of an M.S.P.”


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