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Topic: Fragments of Hope Coral Restoration Project

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San Pedro Tour Operators come to rescue the reef

Elkhorn coral is one of the most important corals in the Caribbean and along with staghorn coral and star corals have formed Caribbean coral reefs over the last 5,000 years. In the early 1980s a bacterial syndrome, known as white-band disease has now reduced the elkhorn and staghorn population to less than three percent of its former abundance. On Ambergris Caye, where reef-related tourism is paramount, one group of vested stakeholders have taken the lead in restoring reef areas that have been affected.

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