Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2017. 2:29 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Over the weekend, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) celebrated its 20th anniversary with an award night and concert in Punta Gorda.
Former Minister of Agriculture, Daniel Silva was honored for his contributions to make the area viable for biodiversity protection and for signing on to declare it a national protected area in Belize.
In January 2000, the reserve was declared a protected area. It encompasses 847 square kilometers of coastal Caribbean sea. The reserve starts from the coastline, where seven jungle-lined rivers flow to the basin in estuarine conditions, out to fully saline areas of reefs and cayes. The reserve covers over 40,000 hectares of mangrove and coastal ecosystems.
In celebration TIDE also hosted its 15th fish festival and it was a booming success.
Belizeans from across the jewel went to PG to enjoy the delicacies and participate in fishing tournaments.
A total of 17 families participated in the fishing tournament at the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. TIDE says that the tournament proves that the reserve is securing livelihoods through effective management.
TIDE thanked all their sponsors and team who made the event possible.
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