Ever wonder how the second longest barrier reef in the world is doing? Well, according to the Healthy Reef Initiative’s 2012 “Report Card for the Mesoamerican Reef”, not so good. The report card shows that approximately 73% of the Belizean reefs are in poor or critical condition while a mere 5% is considered in good health.
See the 2012 report HERE
But how was the grade obtained? One part of it involves the surveying of different sites throughout the region with the collection of data on parameters indicative of the health status of the reef. These indicators translate the complex dynamics of the reef ecosystem into quantifiable results that can then be used to compare/track change in reef status over time.