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ReefCI COVID-19 Reopening Date

ReefCI will reopen to volunteers July 20th, 2020 and we look forward to safely returning to our marine conservation efforts.  The Belize government is reopening the country to travel July 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...
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2019 By the Numbers

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…

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Belize to Triple Marine Protected Areas!

The government of Belize has just recently approved a plan to expand its marine protected areas designated as no-take zones from 4.5 percent to 11.6 percent of its total waters. Much of the expansion will cover deep sea areas at depths ranging from 200 to 3,000 meters (660 to 9,850 feet), currently underrepresented in Belize’s…

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Climate Change: Effects on Belize and the Reef

Belize is a low-lying coastal country, it is extremely vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters, climate change, and economic devastation that follows, which have been more frequent and severe in the last few years. Belize is also economically dependent on natural resources, thus sea level rises and temperature changes impact its natural ecosystems, agricultural…

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Creature Feature: Green Moray Eel

You are finning along a reef with fish swimming all around you when suddenly something makes you stop on your tracks. You see a sight that at once captivates you and implores you to fix your gaze on a head protruding from a hole, seemingly glaring out and opening and closing its jaws in an…

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8 Things you Need to Know about the Great Blue Hole

1.  The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole or cave, located roughly 97 km (60 miles) off the coast of Belize City, Belize.  Most sea holes, just like the Belize Blue Hole, were submerged at the end of the last great Ice Age some 10,000 years ago. 2.  The Great Blue Hole is 300…

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