The reefs in Belize are probably the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean, and those at Glover’s Reef are probably some of the healthiest of the lot. But everything is connected, “bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken,” as conservationist John Muir once said. So we have always kept a keen eye on the declining health of coral reef systems in the Eastern Caribbean where a perfect storm of pollution from city sewage and agricultural fertilizers, dredging and increased silt run-off, and increased water temperatures are decimating reef ecosystems.
That’s why it is heartening to hear this good news about the early results of reef restoration efforts. In an excellent article by AP writer David McFadden published Feb. 26, Coral comeback: Reef ‘seeding’ in the Caribbean, it appears that things may be on the verge of turning around.
The article even mentions efforts by the government of Belize:
Belize, which boasts the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, has established bans on harvesting parrotfish, a colorful herbivore that grazes on the algae and seaweed that smothers coral.