Mission & Overview

The Mission of Tureffe Atoll Trust is to drive conservation efforts at Turneffe Atoll leading to sustainable environmental, social and economic benefits for Turneffe and Belize to serve as  a model for similar coastal marine environments throughout the world .

Founded in 2002, Turneffe Atoll Trust is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) company whose purpose is to promote conservation of Turneffe Atoll furtering scientific understanding and educating  the public about the ecological and economic value of sustainably managing Turneffe Atoll and other sensitive tropical marine habitats.
Until recently, Turneffe Atoll Trust has operated with a small, informal board and minimal staff. Low administrative costs have allowed nearly 100% of contributed funds (primarily generated through donations from Turneffe Flats Lodge via its commitment to 1% for the Planet) to go directly to programs.  As a result, the organization has been able to complete several important projects with relatively limited resources.  

Turneffe Atoll Trust funded an economic study entitled, “The Economic Impact of Recreational Fishing for Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon in Belize for 2007".  In conjunction with leadership efforts of the The Trust, this was critical in securing formal legislative protection for bonefish, tarpon and permit in Belize. This “catch and release” legislation was a vital step toward sustainability and offers significant long-term economic and social advantages for Belize.
While the early work of Turneffe Atoll Trust created a solid foundation, the atoll remained threatened by over-fishing, land speculation and inappropriate development.  Recognizing the need to accelerate its efforts, the organization reorganized its board of directors in 2010 and brought on a full-time Executive Director with a primary focus on fundraising. Armed with the necessary talent and expertise, coupled with the momentum of the catch and release legislation, Turneffe Atoll Trust is poised to significantly advance the mission of the organization over the next several years.

Turneffe Atoll Trust has now evolved to include an Executive Director located in Belize City as well as a Conservation Director working in Belize the United States and in Belize.   Please see our "Programs" for details of current projects.