29 Jul '14, 4pm

No-take zones in Belize could rebuild conch, lobster and grouper populations.

No-take zones in Belize could rebuild conch, lobster and grouper populations.

No-Take Zones in Belize Could Rebuild Conch, Lobster, and Grouper Populations Posted Tue, Jul 29, 2014 by Madeleine Simon to Belize no-take zones , conch , mpas , no-take zones , overfishing Queen conch (Strombus gigas), a species that could rebuild with no-take zones in Belize. (Photo: Flickr Creative Commons / Dave C.) The islands of Belize are surrounded by vibrant blue waters, beautiful and unusual marine creatures, and the largest barrier reef system in the Western Hemisphere. But even in Belize—one of the least densely populated Caribbean countries—these marine animals and ecosystems are not exempt from exploitative human activities like overfishing. A new report, however, from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) suggests a solution for Belize’s marine life—and particularly coral reefs—to recover: expand no-take zones. The report, published earlier this month, sh...

Full article: http://oceana.org/en/blog/2014/07/no-take-zones-in-belize...

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