(AMRI) Journey to promote Records in Americas - P53 - Mesoamerican Reef (Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico): The largest barrier reef in the Americas

26-03-2024

(worldkings.org) Stretching for 625 miles along the coast of Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico, the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR) is the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. It encompasses a rich mosaic of beaches and dunes, coastal wetlands, lagoons, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs. It’s coastline’s sandy beaches and azure waters are dotted with fishing villages, and its picturesque beauty draws thousands of visitors each year to the tourist epicenters Cancun and Belize.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS), also popularly known as the Great Mayan Reef or Great Maya Reef, is a marine region that stretches over 1,126 kilometres (700 mi) along the coasts of four countries – Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras – from Isla Contoy at the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula south to Belize, Guatemala and the Bay Islands of Honduras. 

 

 

The reef system includes various protected areas and parks including the Belize Barrier Reef, Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, Hol Chan Marine Reserve (Belize), Sian Ka'an biosphere reserve, and the Cayos Cochinos Marine Park. Belize's coastline, including the Belize Barrier Reef, is home to approximately 30% of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System.

It begins near Isla Contoy on the northern tip of the Yucatán Peninsula and continues south alongside the Riviera Maya including areas like Cozumel and Banco Chinchorro. It then continues south along the eastern coast of Belize including many cayes and atolls. It extends to the north-east corner of Honduras.

 

 

The reef system is home to more than 65 species of stony coral, 350 species of mollusk and more than 500 species of fish. Numerous species live in or around the reef system that are endangered or under some degree of protection, including the following: sea turtles (green sea turtle, loggerhead sea turtle, leatherback turtle, and the hawksbill turtle), the queen conch, the West Indian manatee, the splendid toadfish, the American crocodile, the Morelet's crocodile, the Nassau grouper, elkhorn coral, and black coral.

The reef system is also home to one of the world's largest populations of manatees, with an estimated 1,000 to 1,500 of them.

 

 

According to en.wikipedia.org. Source of photo: internet 

 

Bee (Collect) - WORLDKINGS (Source of photos: Internet)

 

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