Fact Sheet: MesoAmerican Reef | WWF

Fact Sheet: MesoAmerican Reef

Posted on 24 March 2003    
Shared by the four nations of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, the Mesoamerican Reef is the largest reef system of the Americas, extending nearly 1000 kilometers from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to the Bay Islands / Cochinos Cays complex off the north coast of Honduras. An important variety of productive ecosystems are found within the region. These include some of the most diverse coral reefs in the western Atlantic in barrier and fringing reefs, atolls and patch corals, lagoons, sea grass beds, and mangrove systems - all providing critical habitats for threatened species and supporting thousands of coastal communities in both food security and livelihoods.

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