Reefs for the People | A CAVU Initiative Video Series

Someday is Now!  Full length Feature - 38 minutes

Someday is Now! Full length Feature - 38 minutes

The Mesoamerican Reef region lies within the Caribbean Sea and touches the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It contains 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. Dazzling arrays of different types of coral form this underwater wilderness, and provide homes and food to hundreds of fish species, marine turtles, and sharks. Along the shores, mangroves provide habitat for fish and shorebirds as well as protect coastal areas from the damage associated with hurricanes and strong storms.

The scenic beauty of the region’s coastal areas makes it a prime tourist destination, which can put pressure on fragile reef environments. Further inland, rich soils attract large-scale agriculture, whose run-off can severely impact reefs. And increasing sea levels and water temperatures from climate change threaten corals and other marine animals such as turtles, as well as the communities that depend on the reef for their livelihoods and food security.

Someday Is Now! – Short version (8 minutes)

Someday Is Now! – Short version (8 minutes)

The Mesoamerican Reef is Belize’s crown jewel and a major economic engine for the country. As the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, it provides this Central American nation with thriving lobster, conch and reef fish fisheries, a strong cultural icon, and a magnet for hundreds of thousands of tourists who come each year to enjoy its outstanding diving, snorkeling and fishing opportunities. This incredible resource is in peril. Unplanned development of coastal areas — including dredging and filling of critical mangrove forests, contamination, and overfishing — all threaten the reef and Belizean livelihoods. In Someday is NOW!, the people of Belize speak out, demanding a coastal zone management plan and a responsible path for development.

Laughing Bird Marine Protected Area (7 minutes)

Laughing Bird Marine Protected Area (7 minutes)

This short video tells the story of how Laughing Bird Caye National Park in Belize came to be and how it is now perceived by the local population, told by the very people who brought the issue of protection and sustainable development in this area to the government.

Mangroves (5 minutes)

Mangroves (5 minutes)

Mangroves play a key role maintaining fisheries, as well as providing services for tourism and shoreline protection. In spite of their indisputable economic, social and environmental importance, throughout Belize mangroves are getting cut and dredged.

Punta Gorda Co-management (5 minutes)

Punta Gorda Co-management (5 minutes)

This clip shows us why co-management works in Belize, which players are involved in Punta Gorda and why co-management is necessary to successfully maintain the fisheries in Belize.

Ridge to Reef (3 minutes)

Ridge to Reef (3 minutes)

This short clip contextualizes how land activities, particularly agriculture, needs to be properly regulated and carried out to minimize their impact on the reef and even on our own bodies.

Our Reef-The Belize Barrier Reef (1 minute)

Our Reef-The Belize Barrier Reef (1 minute)

A few facts you might not know about this impressive jewel!

10 Ways You Can Help The Reef (1 minute)

10 Ways You Can Help The Reef (1 minute)

10 simple pieces of advice Belizeans and visiting foreigners can follow to minimize the impact of their activities on the reef.