Innovation helps rebuild Belize’s coral reef

Marine biologist Lisa Carne reaches down into a bed of coral in the Belize Barrier Reef. ©Chris Iovenko

Hurricane Iris made landfall in southern Belize on October 4, 2001. It was the deadliest storm of the season. Six days later, communities across Belize and other parts of the Caribbean and Central America were left with US$250 million in damages. When the 14-feet-high tidal surges subsided, the fishing village of Placencia and Laughing Bird Caye National Park were decimated.