Posts Tagged ‘Belize’

Dare you to watch this and NOT book your next holiday to Belize

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Belize Protected Area Boosting Predatory Fish Populations

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

ScienceDaily (Dec. 21, 2011) —” A 14-year study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in an atoll reef lagoon in Glover’s Reef, Belize has found that fishing closures there produce encouraging increases in populations of predatory fish species. However, such closures have resulted in only minimal increases in herbivorous fish, which feed on the algae that smother corals and inhibit reef recovery. The findings will help WCS researchers in their search for new solutions to the problem of restoring Caribbean reefs damaged by fishing and climate change.

The study appears in an online version of Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. The authors include:..”
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ADO Bus Service Now Links Mexico with Belize

Friday, September 30th, 2011

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The well known Mexican bus company ADO has launched a much needed daily bus service linking Belize with the southern cities of Cancun, Tulum and Merida on the Yucatan Peninsula. This long awaited service will have a positive impact on trade and passenger service between Mexico and Belize, but more importantly, will facilitate tourism arrivals in Belize via Cancun. ADO (Autotransportes De Oriente) is the leading bus company operating in southern Mexico.

Read more: http://belize.com/blog/ado-bus-service-now-links-mexico-with-belize

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Belize totally bans bottom trawling

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010
“Belize has joined Venezuela and the Pacific island nation of Palau to be the third country in the world to impose a complete ban of bottom-trawling in the country.

Bottom trawling, which involves boats indiscriminately dragging nets across the sea floor, has been used in Belize for decades to catch shrimp; however, the practice is very destructive to a wide array of marine life that tend to also get trapped in the process, sometimes at very young stages in their life cycle. Trawling, where it is done, is said to be one of the culprits of fisheries decline.

At what he described as a historic and momentous occasion, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Rene Montero signed the statutory instrument on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 8, 2010, and he said at the press conference right after the signing that the legislation will take effect as soon as it is published in the Government Gazette.
Minister of Tourism Manuel Heredia, a commercial fisherman for three decades, said he was fully behind the move and presented congratulatory words at the signing.

Heredia noted that originally, there were as many as 12 trawlers operating in Belize, but now there are only 2 vessels, both Belizean-owned and operated, left in the country. People in Southern Belize used..”

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Trawling: which damages the reef and much other marine life

Rent a gorgeous holiday home in Caye Caulker – now taking bookings!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

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.

Death to Lionfish!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

“Lionfish have invaded the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida and Gulf of Mexico – the INVASION ZONE. Populations are exploding and the invasion could become disastrous for coral reef ecosystems. An obvious question is why aren’t lionfish a problem in the Pacific? Surprisingly, not much is known about lionfish ecology in the Pacific. Some scientists speculate that large groupers might eat them and that other predators consume lionfish eggs, but nobody really knows for sure.

What we do know is that in the INVASION ZONE, few natural predators exist – except for humans!

Management strategies adopted by NOAA and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are about trying to control populations of lionfish through programs that encourage CATCH and EAT! Lionfish are really tasty and easy to catch – just watch out for those venomous spines!”

Read more about what you can do, and get recipies etc

http://www.deathtolionfish.org/invasion.html

From National Geographic: Diver “Vanishes” in Portal to Maya Underworld

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Flight sale from AA extended – great time to come to Belize!

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

In case you missed it! Fares can be found as low as $149.00!

  • Travelers can lock-in the unbelievable rates for travel from January 1 – March 31, 2010.
  • In order to take advantage of the low fares, tickets must be purchased on AA.com by January 05, 2010.
  • Fares are each way, and based on a round-trip economy class purchase.

Belize is named as one of the most ethical destinations in the world

Monday, December 7th, 2009

“Ethical Traveler’s new report, “The World’s Best Ethical Destinations,” identifies the 10 countries in the developing world that are best protecting their natural environments, promoting responsible travel, and building a tourism industry which provides real benefits to local communities. “There’s no doubt that worldwide interest in mindful, responsible travel is growing – not only among travelers, but within the countries that host us,” says Jeff Greenwald, executive director of Ethical Traveler and co-author of the report. “Now is the perfect time for savvy travelers and well-intentioned governments to evolve together, each encouraging the other. This is especially true in the developing world, where travel and tourism can be developed as lucrative, low-impact alternatives to forestry, mining, and the destruction of ocean habitats.” In alphabetical order, the best ethical travel destinations for 2010 are:

  • Argentina
  • Belize
  • Chile
  • Ghana
  • Lithuania
  • Namibia
  • Poland
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • Suriname

“In drafting our report, we use scores of information sources — including publicly available data — to rate each country’s genuine commitment to environmental protection, social welfare and human rights,” says Christy Hoover, co-author of the report. “Data sources include the United Nations Development Program, Human Rights Watch, Columbia University, Reporters Without Borders, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and many others. Private interviews with NGO leaders are part of the process, as well.” The full report can be viewed at http://www.ethicaltraveler.org/destinations Ethical Traveler is an international alliance of travelers who believe that travel is a powerful tool for international goodwill and cultural understanding. The group seeks to harness the political and economic clout of tourism to support human rights and the environment. Ethical Traveler is a project of the Earth Island Institute. For more information, please visit http://www.ethicaltraveler.org . Note to Editors: Stunning high-resolution photos and follow-up interviews available upon request. Media Hotline: Michael McColl +1 510 451 0267 This release was issued through eReleases(TM). For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com. SOURCE Ethical Traveler © 2009 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved”

Stop polluting Belize’s tropical rivers and stop the smokescreen, Probe International tells Fortis Inc.

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

“International aid and trade watchdog, Probe International, is asking Stanley Marshall, President and CEO of the Newfoundland-based power company Fortis Inc., to start accounting to the people of Belize and its shareholders about contamination of the Macal and Belize Rivers in Belize by the company’s Chalillo dam.

Aerial photographs released in early August show that the dam is discharging sediment-laced water and contaminating the downstream river with turbidity levels hundreds, if not thousands, of times higher than the standards set by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The contamination has now reached the Caribbean Sea.

Turbidity contaminants are especially worrying, says Patricia Adams, the author of the letter and Executive Director of Probe International, because (more…)