ERI and the Central Belize Wildlife Corridor on Fire

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) was launched in January 2010. Now after four years of hard work and dedication the ERI continues growing and blooming with the third week of February being nothing short of transformational! We were joined by special visitors from our partner organizatio...

Strides in understanding human-wildlife conflict

Belize, as small a country as it is, is widely known for its wildlife species. People travel far and wide hoping to glimpse  the elusive jaguar, and many Belizeans depend on game species like peccaries and pacas for food and their livelihood. Wildlife is embedded in the Belizean culture however it i...

ERI & Partners Conduct Baseline Study of Sea Turtle Distribution and Abundance at the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve

Three species of sea turtles have been documented to inhabit coastal waters and nest Belizean beaches. These include: Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and Green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles. In Belize, sea turtle research is limited especially when looking at factor...

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ERI and the Central Belize Wildlife Corridor on Fire

ERI Week 1

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) was launched in January 2010. Now after four years of hard work and dedication the
ERI continues growing and blooming with the third week of February being nothing short of transformational!

We were joined by special visitors from our partner organization, Panthera which is a non-profit conservation organization 
devoted to protecting the world's 37 wild cat species. The CEO of Panthera, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz is an American zoologist, 
conservationist, and field biologist. He was accompanied by Howard Quigley, Director of Panthera’s Jaguar program, and Susie 
Weller, Communications Officer for the organization. Their visit took them to Cockscomb where Dr. Rabinowitz had a chance to 
visit where his jaguar conservation efforts began.

Bright and early on Wednesday February 19th, Dr. Rabinowitz along with ERI’s Terrestrial Science Director, Dr. Elma Kay, visited 
with the hosts of Channel 5’s early morning TV show “Open Your Eyes” both Doctors were able to talk about the importance of 
jaguar conservation, the use of biological corridors and the wonderful partnership between ERI and Panthera.

ERI Week 2

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SPAGS See Groupers!

The Nassau grouper is one of the larger fish to be found around coral reefs. It can be found from the shoreline to nearly one hundred (100) meters deep water. The Nassau grouper lives most notably along the coast of Belize. Normally solitary and territorial, Nassau groupers travel sometimes over great distances, and group together to spawn mostly around the full moons of December through February in groups that can contain upwards of several hundreds to thousands of individuals. A large number of these spawning aggregation sites have been recorded in different places throughout the Belizean coast. Historically, once discovered, grouper aggregation sites become synonymous with fishing aggregation sites.

The Belize Spawning Aggregation Working Group was established in July 2001 in response to a nation-wide survey of spawning aggregations of the Nassau grouper in early 2001 that revealed very low numbers of spawning fish. In early 2003, the Working Group was revitalized and has been meeting regularly on a bi-monthly basis to share data and develop management strategies. The main aim of this program is to keep stakeholders, particularly fishermen, informed of management progress and the results of the monitoring, to publicize the vulnerability of fish spawning aggregations and the conservation measures taken in Belize to preserve them through full protection of the sites and a closed season for the Nassau Grouper.

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National Training Program for Protected Areas Management

 
Study Abroad This Summer at Calabash Caye Field Station

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The Nassau grouper is one of the larger fish to be found around coral reefs. It can be found from
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Published February 27th 2014. The University of Belize - Environmental Research Institute
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Today, we bid adieu to German Lopez and Celso Cawich, two of our long time biologists. Both German

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