Belize declares new marine reserve around Turneffe Atoll

New multiple-use reserve will help protect a globally important coral reef ecosystem that is home to turtles, manatees and more.

The Government of Belize has announced that it is to create a marine reserve around Turneffe Atoll, part of the largest and most biodiverse coral reef system in the western hemisphere.

The Turneffe deal was brokered by the BLUE Marine Foundation (BLUE) in collaboration with the Belizean government and many local organisations (as well as local fishermen), and was made possible by funding from the Bertarelli Foundation. Additional financial support is also expected from the Oak Foundation and other donors.

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