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Scientists Support Local Activities to Rescue the Mesoamerican Reef


After an analysis of 286 sites in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, the report concluded that the health of the system is poor, with an index of 2.5 out of 5.


This conclusion was based on the status of the reef’s coral and fleshy macroalgae cover, as well as the biomass of herbivorous fish and commercial fisheries in the region.


In the region of the Mesoamerican Reef near the Yucatan Peninsula, SCTLD has caused the death of up to 98% of some coral species.


“When we approach the loss of 90% to 98% of the individuals of a particular species, we could well speak of the definitive disappearance of this species,” said Nallely Hernandez, regional deputy director of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) and cocreator of the “ White Syndrome Action Plan in the Caribbean Reefs of Mexico .”


“Some banks, south of [the Mexican state of] Quintana Roo, still did not show signs of disease, perhaps because of its remoteness from the coast.


“Unfortunately, the fishing industry has a lot of political and economic power, and its interference makes it difficult for us to work to protect our marine ecosystems,” he said.






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