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“To better understand how to protect coral reefs, a team of microbiologists are investigating how environmental changes, such as oxygen depletion and ocean acidification, create a chain reaction that leads to coral death.
Most people are fascinated by the colorful and exotic coral reefs, which form habitats with probably the largest biodiversity. But human civilization is the top danger to these fragile ecosystems through climate change, oxygen depletion and ocean acidification. Industrialization, deforestation and intensive farming in coastal areas are changing dramatically the conditions for life in the oceans. Now scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology from Bremen together with their colleagues from Australia, Sultanate of Oman and Italy have investigated how and why the corals die when exposed to sedimentation. According to their findings, oxygen depletion, together with an acidification of the environment, creates a chain reaction that leads to coral death.
Reef forming stone corals inhabit the light-flooded tropical shallow coastal regions 30 degree south and north of the equator. Coral polyps build the carbonate skeletons that..”
ScienceDaily (Sep. 29, 2011) — An international team of scientists has achieved a major breakthrough in fishing sustainability on coral reefs which could play a vital role in preventing their collapse.
“Fishermen and scientists have long wondered how many fish can be taken off a reef before it collapses, says Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence (ARC CoE) for Coral Reef Studies and James Cook University.
“The consequences of overfishing can be severe to the ecosystem and may take decades to recover, but hundreds of millions of people depend on reefs for food and livelihoods, so banning fishing altogether isn’t a reality in many nations.”
In a report in the September 29 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS) the researchers demonstrate how overfishing can generate a predictable sequence of events that lead to the collapse of reef ecosystems.
Their research offers a vital new tool for managing corals reefs and tropical fisheries worldwide, providing clear targets for sustainability that can help reef fisheries
Where else but Belize would you want to take the family for spring break? There are far more places to see than just one resort too..
“Hundreds of environmental demonstrators gathered on the tiny island of Sergeant’s Caye off the coast of Belize City, Belize, on Saturday 13th November to ask: is this “THE END” for the Belize barrier reef and other reefs around the world?
Held on the final day of the Reef Summit, the demonstration urged world leaders to take strong action to protect the marine environment, specifically by including ocean warming and acidification discussion in the upcoming talks in Cancun, Mexico, from 29 November to 10 December.
To heighten the debate the 2010 Mesoamerican reef Report Card was released, highlighting that just 8 per cent of the 1100-kilometre reef – of which the Belize barrier reef is a part – is in “good” condition, with 60 per cent in “poor” to “critical” condition.”
Explore the nearby Barrier Reef, take trips inland or simply relax in a hammock on the large veranda!
Caye Caulker is a tropical island paradise where you can be as active or relaxed as you wish. The sandy, palm clad island is eight miles long, split into two unequal parts. In places, the island is less than half a mile wide, meaning that you are never far from the crystal clear blue sea, making it a perfect base for water activities. Snorkeling and diving are especially popular here as we are less than a mile from the Barrier Reef, rewarded by its beauty and protection. We are centrally located amongst many marine reserves for which Belize has become well known and you can see a huge variety of marine life. Please note that it’s because of the reef’s proximity to Caye Caulker, that sand doesn’t build up into large areas on the beach. We have a beach (and plenty of palm trees) but it is narrow. Sunbathing on docks and in hammocks is very popular though!
The beautiful ‘Casa Jessita’ is perfect for one or two couples, or a family to share a home away from home on ‘La Isla Carinosa’.
- one king size room
- second room with one double bed and one single, suitable for a couple, two singles or upto three kids
- Separate cot available for a family with a baby or toddler
- located just a short walk from the restaurants and village amenities in a very quiet part of the island,
- * just one block back from the seafront, 2 minutes from the beach.
- * brand new to the market, so there is still plenty of availability.
- no smoking house
- current prices start at $95USD a night (plus 9% hotel tax), depending on the number of people staying.
- minimum of 5 nights
- discount for a two-week stay and a further discount for a month.
- rentable either as one-bedroom or two- bedroom home – different charges apply.
- air conditioning in both bedrooms, fan cooled in whole house
- full kitchen with gas cooker, 4-ring hob, microwave, full-size fridge-freezer and fully stocked with cooking implements.
- large bathroom with hot water, full bath tub and shower.
- beautiful veranda on three sides of the property with plenty of seating to watch the sky, birds and occasional passersby.
- office space including internet connection.
- daily cleaning included. Laundry service can also be arranged.
- baby items such a stroller, baby bath, and potty can also be rented on a weekly basis, so that you don’t need to pack the kitchen sink for a break with your little one. The house is semi-baby safed (but please assess for yourselves) without being noticeable to other guests.
We can also help you plan your tours around Belize and the Barrier Reef with many years expertise in tourism. Please contact us for futher information, and enjoy planning your visit to this beautiful, diverse country.