Caye Caulker Marine Reserve
The Caye Caulker Marine and Forest Reserve (CCMFR) was established in April 1998 through two Statutory Instruments (S.I.s) No. 35 of 1998 (M.R.) and No. 28 of 1998 (F.R.) The rules and regulations for the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve (CCMR) was gazetted 10 years after, on the 6th of December 2008 on SI No. 127 of 2008.
The reserve comprises over 9,000 acres of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System which runs parallel to the entire Caye. It encompasses five habitats: mangroves and littoral forests, lagoon marsh-lands, sea-grass beds and coral reef.
The CCMR forms the shape of the number seven, approximately 12,160 acres or 11.1 km in length, with the top portion crossing the Caye’s north point and extending into lagoon waters to the west. Having an area slightly over 100 acres, the CCMR is home to a healthy population of saltwater crocodiles and over 100 species of birds, like the rare black catbird. Other attractions includes over 170 species of fish and crustaceans including the commercially important spiny lobster and queen conch; a robust and healthy population of Elkhorn and Stag horn corals; and seasonal residence of the West Indian Manatees in the north channel of the CCMR.