British Billionaire Richard Branson Advocates For the Protection of Belize’s Barrier Reef
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, the English business magnate, best known for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies wrote this morning on his blog that the Gladden Split and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve which covers approximately 25,980 acres lying 36 kilometres off the coast of Placencia must be protected because millions of of cubera snappers, mutton snappers and dogtooth snappers converge to lay their trillions and trillions of eggs in the reserve.
Sir Richard Branson says that the reserve could forever be one of the greatest tourist attractions for Belize and therefore it is incredibly important for the species that reside at the Gladden Spit Marine Reserve are protected. According to the Ocean Elders, the Government of Belize is allowing fishing boats to wade in and this miracle of nature could get wiped out leaving Belize and the world poorer for it.
“The Grand Cayman Islands are an example of the opposite kind of behaviour. Millions of groupers go there to spawn in the winter and the whole ocean is full of them. The Government have just voted in a perpetual ban on fishing them, which will not only benefit the Caymans, but the countries around them. They deserve full praise for their move,” asserted the British Billionaire.
“We’re hoping to catalyze more and more commitments by Government and business in the Caribbean as Virgin Unite and The Nature Conservancy work on plans for our upcoming Summit to be held in May 2013″ he declared on his blog.
During the spring full moon, snappers gather by the thousands in Belize to spawn at a very special off-shore reef called Gladdens Spit. Whale Sharks are attracted to the spawn and come crashing through the school of fish with mouths wide open. It is an incredible spectacle to behold.
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