Caye Caulker Marine Reserve

Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (CCMR) was originally conceived as part of a single multihabitat protected area along with the Caye Caulker Forest Reserve (see CCFR History Section) during the late 1980s. Following considerable lobbying by the Siwa-ban Foundation, Caye Caulker Tourguide Association, Caye Caulker BTIA and other groups and individuals, CCMR and CCFR were both enacted in April 1998. The Belize Fisheries Department placed staff in 2000, however Hurricane Keith (Cat. 4, September 30- October 2, 2000) caused a lapse in management activity.  CCMR saw its first Manager, Mr. Victor Alegria, and Biologist, Ms. Maxine Monsanto, in 2003.  Currently CCMR features 2 Rangers, whose staggered schedules and small monthly fuel allotment do not provide sufficient field time, especially in CCMR’s second “heart”—the North Channel—Mini Reef area.

Manager Ms. Nidia Chacon and Biologist Mr. Ali Cansino are current management staff (2010), along with Rangers Mr. Alfred Hislop and Mr. Aldo Catzim.  Members of FAMRACC routinely participate in monitoring activities, such as lobster, conch, seagrass and monthly reef fish; additionally members participate in reef mooring and perimeter buoy installation activities. Unfortunately, FAMRACC has had to restrict grant activities to CCFR to date, as it was so far behind in terms of infrastructure, staff and scientific activities.

FAMRACC has just submitted its first grant in support of CCMR to PACT for activities and personnel for 2011.