I worked as a Tourism Management and Gender Intern for my six-month internship at the University of Belize Environmental Research Institute (UB ERI). My project focused primarily on the seasonality and impact of dive tourism within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR). I obtained this information by conducting dive audits and interviews with dive operators. On a dive audit, I followed dive masters and guests on their dives and monitored their behavior. Dive audits were ad
Back in June, the ERI, collaborating with the Oceanic Society with funding from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and support from Belize Fisheries Department and UB students, carried out a baseline study of sea turtle distribution and abundance conducted at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve (TAMR). The effort resulted in 86 turtle sightings of which 17 were captured, measured, tagged and released. Among the 17 captured was a female loggerhead (Caretta caretta).