From April 18-20 Oceanus, A.C. held a workshop to consolidate the Coral Reef Restoration Network of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. There were close to 40 attendees from protected areas and NGOs in the four countries who work or are interested in reef restoration. There were also special guests, like Dr. Rubén Torres of Reef Check República Dominicana, Dr. Diego Lirman of the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Florida, Dr. Harold Hudson of Reef Tech, Inc., Christine Hicks of Counterpart International, Gabriela Díaz of the Marine and Coastal Conservation Program of the Mexican Fund for the Conservation of Nature (FMCN), and Maria José González of the MAR Fund. There were sessions with presentations on previous experiences in coral restoration in the Mesoamerican Reef (Belize, Honduras), the Gulf of Mexico (Veracruz, Mexico), Florida, and Punta Cana (Dominican Republic). The group formally founded the Coral Reef Restoration Network of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras and defined strategies and needs. The last day of the workshop, participants visited the Xcalak Reefs National Park and saw the coral nurseries that Oceanus and the Xcalak community have been working on.
We congratulate Gabriela Nava (MAR Leader, 2011 cohort) and her partner Miguel García for this great MAR conservation effort.
Related: to learn more about coral nurseries, watch this video about a project in Fiji.