Roatan's Coral Reef's...
Discover Roatan's 'Other World'
Top Ten Reasons to save all coral reefs, especially the Roatan Coral Reefs:
- Coral reefs occupy less that 1% of the oceans but support 25% of all marine fish species. If coral reefs disappear, more than 1,000,000 aquatic species are threatened.
- One-sixth of the world’s people depend on coral reefs for food, coastal protection, livelihood, and tourism income. More than $350 billion in annual global income is at stake if the reefs are destroyed.
- As breeding grounds for many fish and other species, coral reefs provide habitat for the world’s commercial and subsistence fishing industries, and are a major protein source for more than 1 billion people.
- Coral Reefs are natural wave barriers protecting coastal settlements from loss of life, erosion, floods, and damage from storms, hurricanes and tsunamis. As Reefs degrade and climates change, our coastal populations become more vulnerable.
- More biologically diverse than Rainforests, coral reefs are important sources of new medicines being developed to treat cancer, heart diseases, arthritis, human bacterial infections and viruses.
- Coral reefs are like living museums that reflect thousands of years of ocean history. Having lost more than 25% of the world’s reefs, if we don’t act now, we may lose 50% by 2030.
- Eco-tourism to tropical locations is one of the fastest growing sectors of the travel industry, involving millions of tourists every year, providing essential income to some of the world’s poorest nations.
- Corals play an important role in absorbing carbon dioxide in the oceans and transforming it to create limestone skeletons that build Reefs. Without Corals, the amount of carbon dioxide in the water would rise even more dramatically.
- Sustainable tourism initiatives supported by well-managed MPAs and healthy coral reefs create income to fund community development projects including tuition and scholarships for children, improved healthcare services, and recreational opportunities.
- Coral Reefs are some of the oldest and most diverse ecosystems on the planet and are integral to our heritage, as well as to the cultural and spiritual traditions of many Communities.
This part of the Roatan Coral Reef at West Bay Beach is designated a Marine Reserve to protect it for future generations. An outstanding accomplishment! The following are a list of 'rules' that must be followed so that all persons, now and in the future, can continue to enjoy what you are now enjoying.
REGULATIONS FOR THE ROATAN CORAL REEF AT SANDY BAY-WEST BAY BEACH MARINE RESERVE
- Wastes are not to be disposed of within a three mile distance of the Marine Reserve.
- Plastics are totally prohibited.
- Harpooning of fish is illegal.
- Divers are not permitted to use gloves.
- It is not permitted to touch, stand on, take or remove marine organisms which are alive or dead, including: soft or hard shelled snails, conchs, fish or any other forms of life.
- It is not permitted to throw garbage into the ocean or on the beaches.
- The following sports are not permitted in West Bay: water-skiing, jet-skiing and other similar.
- Within the Marine Reserve, boats should maintain a cautious speed.
- Boats are not to drop anchor or tie up beyond the extension of the dock.
Talk about Beautiful!! Roatan's Coral Reef, the 'Other World', definitely fits that description. Over 35 recognized 'Dive Sites', with their Canyons, Corals, Fishes and 'Critters'. There is no better way to Relax and 'Take in the Sights' than this. With Warm, Crystal Clear, Blue and Turquoise Waters, Roatan's Reef System is second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Divers from the World over come to Roatan's Pristine Reef System to enjoy the 'Adventure'.
The first 'Tourista's' to discover Roatan Island were the 'Divers' exploring the Coral Reef's surrounding the Island. Since then, modern technology, and, especially, the Cruise Ships, have allowed everyone, from all walks of life, to enjoy Roatan's 'Hidden Treasures'.
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