With 21 years of country-based experience working with large fish, turtles, fisheries, and the tourism sector in Belize, MarAlliance’s work with large iconic marine wildlife began here.
Working locally with traditional fishers, coastal and indigenous communities, we focus on generating information necessary for management and decision-making through collaborative research and monitoring, capacity building, income diversification, and outreach.
We have established permanent sites where we conduct standardized long-term monitoring of coastal and reef-associated marine megafauna.
We work with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the private sector and recreational divers to assess the spatio-temporal use of the banks by manta rays using photo ID, acoustic and satellite tagging.
We conduct research and outreach in several sites along the Caribbean and the Pacific including the indigenous Guna Yala Comarca.
Where We Work
Global issues require global efforts.
We start small and generate a proof of concept for our demand driven work to understand and protect large marine wildlife. Following success and local demand or need, our research and conservation initiatives are scaled up with in-country partners through careful replication and adaptation to new sites and conditions. Registered in the US as 501(c)3 and in Belize, Cabo Verde and Panama as non-profits, MarAlliance is based in Belize with a strong regional focus in Central America and the Caribbean.