Turneffe Atoll - Belize


                               Turneffe Atoll Trust was founded in 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization operating in Belize and the United States.  

Our Mission
is to drive conservation efforts at Turneffe Atoll leading to sustainable social and economic benefits for Turneffe and Belize and serving as  a model for similar coastal marine environments.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Major Successes

Major successes over the past decade include leading efforts to pass landmark legislation in 2009 designating bonefish, permit and tarpon throughout Belize as CATCH AND RELEASE only species .  These three game fish generate approximately US$60,000 per year for Belize and these  economic benefits are now assured as long as their habitat remains intact.

In 2012,  the TURNEFFE ATOLL MARINE RESERVE was declared as the largest marine reserve in Belize.  Through a grant from the Oak Foundation, Turneffe Atoll Trust funded and led this effort which encompasses the entire 325,000 acre Turneffe Atoll.

Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve MANAGEMENT PLAN (10 MB)

Please see the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve web site for further information at www.turneffeatollmarinereserve.org

We also work closely with Turneffe's commerical fishermen to ensure a sustainable a commercial fishery and have recently initiated an ALLIANCE between commercial fishermen and the eco-tourism sector at Turneffe to advocate for habitat protection.