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ReefCI’s New and Improved Marine Conservation Program

During our COVID-19 shutdown, we have been hard at work updating and improving our marine conservation program.  Reef Conservation International is marine conservation in the real world and we need your help!  Our new and updated marine conservation efforts focus on the following: Eradicating invasive species from coral reefs: Invasive Lionfish population control and monitoring (spearing…

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ReefCI COVID-19 Reopening Procedures

ReefCI will reopen to volunteers November 1st, 2020 and we look forward to safely returning to our marine conservation efforts.  The Belize government is reopening the country to international travelers October 1st, hence we remain hopeful that things will return to normal shortly and we look forward to picking up where we left off prior…

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Species Spotlight: The Barracuda

Barracudas have a fearsome reputation but these cold-blooded fish don’t exactly live to terrorize divers or swimmers; these scaly predators prefer to spend their days hunting fish, not humans. There are 28 different species of barracuda and they are found in tropical and subtropical oceans worldwide. Below are 5 interesting facts about Barracudas. Supreme Predator: …

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We Are All Interconnected

Jane Goodall, famed primatologist, and a leading voice in conservation efforts, sees a direct line between the global coronavirus pandemic and humanity’s disregard for and mistreatment of nature. “We are all interconnected and if we don’t get that lesson from this pandemic, then maybe we never will” states Jane Goodall Many infectious diseases that have…

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Coronavirus: Healthy Ecosystems = Healthy People

The world’s ecosystems in mother nature function in the same manner as the human body: When ecosystems are strong and healthy — which means they have diverse species and habitat for healthy animal populations — they are more resistant to disease.   It is vital that we take care of nature to take care of ourselves. …

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ReefCI COVID-19 Reopening Date

ReefCI will reopen to volunteers November 1st, 2020 and we look forward to safely returning to our marine conservation efforts.  The Belize government is reopening the country to travel October 1st, hence we remain hopeful that things will return to normal shortly and we look forward to picking up where we left off prior to…

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Coronavirus: A Loud Wake-up Call

The coronavirus world pandemic arises from our unwillingness to respect the interdependence between ourselves, other animal species and the natural world more generally.  Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history.  We clear forests and remove habitat, bringing wild animals closer to human settlements. And we hunt and sell wildlife, often endangered,…

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Ocean Acidification 101

Ocean acidification refers to the ongoing change in the chemistry of the ocean caused primarily by the ocean’s absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. For the last 250 years, the burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil, natural gas — for energy, cement production, and deforestation has been pumping carbon dioxide or CO2, into…

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Species Spotlight: Puffer Fish

The pufferfish, also called blowfish, swellfish, globefish and balloonfish, are named for their ability to inflate themselves to several times their normal size by swallowing water or air when threatened.  Their scientific name, Tetraodon, refers to the fact that they have four large teeth, fused into an upper and lower plate, which are used for…

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Reef Conservation Two Makes its Maiden Voyage

The end of 2019 marked the introduction of ReefCI’s new dive boat – Reef Conservation Two.   A special thanks to all the donations from former volunteers that made this possible.  Without your help and support, Reef Conservation International would not be what it is today. a large white boat on the water

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