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Newly Discovered Coral Reef Attracts Visitors to Honduran Mesoamerican Barrier Reef

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Coral reefs and Capiro Cordelia, newly discovered in the Caribbean of Honduras, is boosting the image of the Honduran Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is considered the second largest in the world, and is located at the southern tip of Roatan.

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Original Article Text From Radio Honduras via Google Translate :

Honduras a Country with Many Jewels of Nature

Coral reefs and Capiro Cordelia, newly discovered in the Caribbean of Honduras, is promising for the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, which is considered the second largest in the world, told Efe environmental experts working in their protection.

“Cordelia, meaning jewel of the ocean is wonderful,” said Jennifer Myton environmental engineer, manager of Coral to Honduras, explaining that scientifically the finding of this bank was registered in 2005, at the southern tip of the island paradise Roatan.

Meanwhile, the bank was located Capiro coral in June 2011 in the area of ​​Tela, Atlantida department, also in the Honduran Caribbean, where a team of experts working on a staff training on the protection of reefs.
“The coral reefs of Honduras are the natural treasure that we are a very important tourist attraction and all should work to care for Hondurans,” he said Myton.

The Honduran expert coordinates with other public and private organizations, including Healthy Reefs in Honduras, the ministries of Tourism and Natural Resources and Environment, tourism and business, among other activities to mark World Oceans Day, June 8 next.

Cordelia bank is about 17 square kilometers, while the eight Capiro said Myton.

Reef The Solidarity representative in Honduras, Ian Drysdale, told Efe that the two banks “have a very high coral cover throughout the Caribbean, so it’s worth mentioning and protect them.”

Experts believe that Cordelia would be a “hotbed of servicornis acropora coral species, which together with the acropora palmata, are” critically endangered “.

The discovery of two new banks of coral and the declaration in 2011, by the government headed by Porfirio Lobo, the seas of Honduras are “shark sanctuary,” among other actions to protect the reefs, “are of proud to mark World Oceans Day, “said Myton.

He added that the occasion of the anniversary have organized a series of activities that begin on May 31 in Roatan and will be expanded to Tela.

Drysdale said that several NGOs are trying to take stock of Capiro, because it was discovered that “this coral bank joins the two ends of the Bay of Tela, which are Punta Sal and Punta Izopo.

Among the coral species threatened with extinction are known as deer antlers, but nature has made the bank arising Cordelia, “which has an impressive amount of this coral,” he said Drysdale.

Myton said that the residents of the Bay Islands, a region that is also a national park in Honduras in the Caribbean, as well as tourists, may also help protect the reef, not even eating some species of shellfish and fish, mainly in closed season.

As a stimulus for restaurants and other businesses that are contributing to the protection of coral reefs, will be promoted on the website of National Geographic, he added Myton.

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