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2019 By the Numbers

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Thanks to all of our volunteers – you made 2019 a special year!  Our volunteers are everyday people, from all walks of life and backgrounds and together, with their help Reef Conservation International made great strides in our conservation efforts in 2019.

2019 conservation achievements by the numbers:

  • 86,400 logged hours of conservation dives by our volunteers that included Caribbean Lobster and Queen Conch surveys used to set commercial fishing limits, as well as coral bleaching analysis dives.
  • 11,645 pounds of plastic and trash removed from the ocean via our volunteer beach cleanups
  • 7,841 Invasive Lionfish removed from the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve Park waters
  • 454 baby sea turtles successfully hatched and returned to the sea from their natal island – Tom Owens Caye
  • 427 volunteers assisted in our marine conservation efforts in 2019
  • 104 marine conservation presentations by ReefCI staff to increase awareness and knowledge of reef ecosystems.

Reef Conservation International’s mission is to protect our oceans through science, action, and environmental awareness.  We accomplish this through our ongoing conservation programs, education, and marine research. Through our volunteer citizen-scientist programs, we empower everyday global citizens to take an active role in directly protecting and conserving the Belize Barrier Reef and our oceans that we love.