“the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” as described by Charles Darwin in 1842
The world’s second longest Barrier Reef (the longest in the northern hemisphere) follows the coast of Belize for 300 kilometers (190 mi) as the central section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef that starts in the north off the Yucatan Coast at Cancun and runs south 900 kilometers to Honduras. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996, only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is longer.
Belize’s Waters are Home to 1,400 Marine Species
The waters off Belize’s coast are home to 1,400 marine species, including 500 fish species, 100 types of coral and the world’s largest population of threatened west Indian manatees.
Belize’s Reef is the country’s most popular tourism destination and is renown for its scuba diving and snorkeling. However, UNESCO in 2009 placed the Belize Barrier Reef System on its list of World Heritage Sites in danger. Uncontrolled coastal construction and pollution are the reasons for the reefs decline. Now the government has given out oil concessions for drilling on the reef, putting it at even greater risk.
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