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Conservation of the
Mesoamerican Reef (MAR)
Coral reefs are the lifeblood of the planet's
oceans and a source of sustenance and resources for people everywhere. The
Mesoamerican reef is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere,
stretching nearly 700 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula
down through the Honduran Bay Islands. The MAR is threatened by climate
change, overfishing, pollution, and tourism.
||Specific threats to the MAR include:
The Oak Hill Fund supports efforts that
- Mass tourism: Coastal development, hotel zones, piers
for cruise ships, and the attendant sprawl and pollution are
devouring mangroves and coasts at a pace that is destroying the
- Overfishing: This is affecting the reef ecosystem
directly by over-harvesting certain species of fish thereby
disrupting the ecological balance on the reef while depleting
- Pollution from industrial agriculture: Pineapple and
banana plantations dot the coasts, especially in Honduras and
these fruits are heavily sprayed. Oil palm and sugar cane are also
crops that require heavy chemical treatments.
- Land-based development and sedimentation problems: The
Atlantic slope drainages are developing so fast that sediment
transport via freshwater rivers is choking certain areas of the
reef. Deforestation is causing sediment plumes in some
- Advocate and educate to improve coastal and marine policies
that protect or restore the reef and surrounding marine areas.
- Improve Marine Protected Area (MPA) management and
- Support coral aquaculture and restoration efforts within the
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