UB ERI's Science Director Contributes to New Book on Coral Reefs
UB ERI's Administrative and Science Director (Marine), Dr. Leandra Cho-Ricketts has contributed a chapter in the book entitled: Coral Reefs: Tourism, Conservation and Management. The abstract for this chapter on the Belize Barrier Reef System – A Threatened Biodiversity Hotspot shown below, addresses the numerous threats to Belize's Barrier Reef System:
"The globally significant Belize Barrier Reef System contains a wealth of biodiversity that supports a thriving tourism sector. It contains a variety of reef types and supports several endangered species including sea turtles, sharks and manatees. The reef provides critical ecosystem goods and services such as fisheries production, tourism, recreation and shoreline protection. However, it faces numerous threats from overfishing, unsustainable coastal development, uncontrolled tourism activities, unsustainable land use practices and oil exploration. Belize has made good progress in implementing best management practices to reduce impacts to the reef including an integrated coastal zone management plan, managed access fisheries, a ban on oil exploration and enacting fisheries legislation that protects critical species and bans harmful fishing practices."
The hard copy of this book is scheduled to be released in September 2019.
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