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Turneffe Atoll Declared A Marine Reserve

By Brian Hutchinson

Aerial view of Blackbird Caye in Turneffe Atoll. © Tony Rath / tonyrath.com

We are excited to report that Turneffe Atoll, Belize was declared a marine reserve on November 22, 2012 by by Hon. Lisel Alamilla, Belize's Minister of Forestry, Fisheries, and Sustainable Development. See the announcement below.

We look forward to working together with our partners in Belize and the Belizean government to ensure effective implementation of the reserve over the coming years.


Brian Hutchinson is Oceanic Society's vice president of outreach, co-founder of the State of the World's Sea Turtles Program, and program officer of the IUCN-SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group. Brian holds a B.A. in zoology from Connecticut College, and has been working to advance global marine conservation for more than a decade.


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