|To accomplish WCS’s mission of long term conservation of Glover’s Reef and the Belize Barrier Reef, GRRS promotes and supports research that seeks to address critical scientific issues related to conservation and management of marine areas, especially those related to coral reef systems and marine protected areas. Past research, as well as current research, has focused on investigating the trends and status of important species within the atoll, evaluating the effectiveness of marine reserves as a conservation strategy and the importance of the atoll for a variety of different marine species.Overall, Glovers Reef Research Station and the Wildlife Conservation Society aim to support research projects that focus on one of the following objectives:
One of the policy victories that have come out of research conducted at Glovers Reef is greater protection for the Nassau grouper. Thanks to critical scientific research, WCS, with the help of many partners in Belize, was successful in getting legislation passed to close Nassau grouper spawning sites to year-round fishing, as well as establishing a closed season for fishing of this species. This was a major step towards ensuring survival and conservation of this species and only highlights one of the many accomplishments of WCS staff and researchers at Glovers Reef.
Looking toward the future, WCS plans to continue researching the effectiveness of Glovers Reef Marine Reserve and to use cutting edge technology, including telemetry, remote sensing/GIS, and genetics, to overcome some of the potential conservation gaps in the design of marine reserves.
Glover’s Reef Marine Reserve is also one of two pilot sites which is a part of the Government of Belize’s Sustainable Fisheries Initiative. Established in mid-2011, WCS is a key partner in the design and implementation of this rights based fisheries management program geared towards restoring fisheries resources and improving fishers’ livelihoods.
Glover's Reef Research Station
Wildlife Conservation Society
Tel: (+501) 532-2153
P.O. Box 272, Dangriga
The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.
GLOVER’S REEF RESEARCH STATION
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