Science & Research

Fragments of Hope

- Belize
  • Main problem:
    Dying of coral reefs
  • Subproblem:
    Overfishing, Coral bleaching
  • Consequence:
    Development of solutions
  • Solution:
    Raising awareness towards the importance of healthy reefs by guided tours and developing reef conservation and restoration programs

Coral Nurseries in Belize

Fragments of Hope is a not-for-profit community-based organization registered in 2013 in Placencia Village, Belize.  Focusing primarily on the challenge of coral reef restoration and advocacy for the sustainable management of associated habitats, FoH is a partner with the Belize Fisheries Department, Healthy Reefs Initiative, the Smithsonian Institute and a member of the newly formed regional Coral Restoration Coalition.  Our work involves efforts from trained fishers, tour guides, regulatory agencies and a handful of local community members volunteering towards our diverse objectives:

Promoting active management solutions for threats to the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System;
Protecting the ecology and environment of the marine and related ecosystems in Belize;
Promoting awareness of the ecology and environment of the marine and related ecosystems in Belize;
Seeking alternative livelihood options to relieve stress or threats to the marine and related ecosystems in Belize;
Providing education and capacity building for Belizeans in efforts to meet the above objectives.

To re-seed devastated reefs with genetically robust, diverse and resilient corals that will mature to spawning age/size, and at the same time begin to understand the biology and mechanisms of coral bleaching (i.e. the role of the coral host versus its symbiotic algae, the zooxanthellae when it comes to re-siting or recovering from bleaching events).
Fragments of Hope works closely with fishers and tour guides in an effort to build local capacity and to ensure the sustainability of coral restoration efforts. Booking a tour with Fragments of Hope ensures that you receive a unique and insightful experience of our coral and mangrove ecosystems. Let us be a part of your Belize vacation and support our work at the same time.
Fragments of Hope has created a unique membership program designed to support coral restoration efforts in Belize. Members are considered partners and we believe every member truly understands the importance of healthy coral reefs. We do not dedicate resources to membership services but we value our members greatly. All contributions are dedicated to the actual coral restoration.
Replenishment work with Acroporid corals at Laughing Bird Caye National Park began in 2006. Today, over 49,000 nursery-grown coral fragments have been successfully out-planted there. The first Elkhorn coral transplants have over 9 years survivorship, nursery-grown corals have over six years survivorship and are considered the longest documented in the Caribbean. Laughing Bird Caye National Park is once again a vibrant tourism destination with thriving corals and abundant marine life. New nursery and out-plant sites include Moho Caye (over 11,000 corals out-planted) and South Silk Caye (over 2,000 corals out-planted).

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