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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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Marine biologist Lisa Carne cultivates coral for a healthier reef

Lisa Carne was inspired to re-forest the reefs by planting coral after noticing Elkhorn coral that had broken from the reef remained alive. Now considered the Caribbean’s most successful reef restoration projects, Fragments of Hope has planted over 100,000 coral fragments in three different marine protected areas.

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