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May 6, 2022

Belize Audubon Society Partners With MarAlliance in Marine Conservation

MarAlliance’s shark research is a team effort involving several partner agencies like the Belize Audubon Society. We spoke with Marty Alvarez, the Marine Protected Area Manager at the Belize Audubon Society about the collaborative effort in pooling resources and using the data collected to carry out operations. Here is what he told us.


Marty Alvarez

Marty Alvarez, Marine Protected Area Manager, Belize Audubon Society

“They use the island here at Halfmoon Caye. One of the main things that we found out that they gave us are that the highest density of sharks in Belize exist here, and of course the most common being the Caribbean Reef Shark. That ties into what we do with our patrols, meaning that we conduct surveillance and enforcement patrols, and that basically correlates into the sharks we see. So, we aid them in providing logging, and of course resources we pool together, and vessels if needs be, getting valuable information from them. Belize Audubon Society is an N.G.O., the oldest conservation organization in Belize. So basically we have fifty years plus of protected areas management. So, all the information that we do get from other partners are fed into the management of the zone and of course Blue Hole as well.”

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