South Water Caye Marine Reserve

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South Water Caye Marine Reserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of South Water Caye Marine Reserve
Map showing the location of South Water Caye Marine Reserve
Map of Belize
LocationGulf of Honduras, Belize
Nearest cityDangriga
Coordinates16°43′08″N 88°08′56″W / 16.719°N 88.149°W / 16.719; -88.149Coordinates: 16°43′08″N 88°08′56″W / 16.719°N 88.149°W / 16.719; -88.149[1]
Area47,702 hectares (117,870 acres)[2]
Established1996
Governing bodyMinistry of Natural Resources and the Environment

South Water Caye Marine Reserve is the largest marine reserve in the Stann Creek district of Belize. It was established in 1996 and covers 47,702 hectares (117,870 acres) of mangrove and coastal ecosystems.[2]

It includes the crown reserve of Man of War Caye, a nesting site for the brown booby and magnificent frigatebird.

In 2017, National Geographic named Pelican Beach on South Water Caye one of the 21 best beaches in the world.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "South Water Caye Marine Reserve". protectedplanet.net.
  2. ^ a b Belize Tropical Forest Studies (2010). "South Water Caye Marine Reserve". Biodiversity and Environmental Resource Data System. Archived from the original on May 8, 2012.
  3. ^ Lovato, Kimberley (18 January 2017). "21 Best Beaches in the World". National Geographic. Retrieved 25 January 2017.

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