Port Honduras Marine Reserve

Manatee Baseline

ECOSUR Master’s student, Transito Gonzalez Medina, supervised by TIDE science director James Foley, carried out a six-month manatee baseline population study at TIDE to better understand the distribution and movement of manatees in Southern Belize.



TIDE's lionfish research aims to monitor the lionfish invasion in PHMR, determining population dynamics and behaviour in the reserve whilst also instigating effective control methods that can be carried out by the local community. Lionfish (Pterois volitans) are an invasive species that have severely affected native fish populations in the Caribbean. Lionfish are native to the Indo-Pacific oceans and the Red Sea, but have swept through Atlantic and Caribbean waters, from Florida to Brazil, during the past 15 years. 


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