Where We Work

Healthy Reefs works in the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem

Extending from the northern tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula southward to Belize, Guatemala, and the Bay Islands off the northern Honduran coast, the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem contains an amazing biodiversity within its barrier, fringe, patch, and atoll coral reefs, and associated mangroves, lagoons, and seagrass beds. Because of the direct impacts that land-based activities can have on these habitats, our definition of the Mesoamerican Reef Ecosystem includes the watersheds that drain into the Caribbean. Our usage of the term “ecosystem” extends beyond the natural system to include people – the human system.