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Discovery of New Shark Species Highlights Need to Protect Belize Waters

February 20, 2017

Discovery of New Shark Species Highlights Need to Protect Belize Waters

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is a series of coral reefs on the coast of Belize, and the second largest coral reef system in the world. A top tourist destination for vacation, scuba diving and snorkeling.  

A large portion of the reef is protected by the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, about 370 miles of atols and marine reserves. In 1996 the Reserve System was designated a World Heritage Site due to its vulnerability and the fact that it contains the most important and significant natural habitats.  

Despite protective measures, the reef remains under threat from ocean pollution as well as uncontrolled tourism, shipping, and fishing.

The discovery of a new shark species brings to light the importance of protected waters.

Discovery of New Shark Species Highlights Need to Protect Belize Waters

Posted on 15 February 2017

Belize – The discovery of a new shark species in Belize waters comes as a reminder of the need to protect the waters around the Central American country, home to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve system, the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.
 
The Belize Fisheries Department and researchers from Florida International University (FIU) confirmed the presence of a new shark species belonging to the bonnetheads type in waters off the coast of Belize last week.

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