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June 29, 2016 - 15:00
TIDE 2015-2016 Scholarship

TIDE 2015-2016 Scholarship report

The Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) commends 10 students who were enrolled in the TIDE scholarship Program who successfully completed their year High School education. TIDE also congratulates the other 40 students who were promoted to another class.

TIDE continues monitoring manatee populations through support of Discover Corps April 19, 2016 - 01:06
TIDE continues monitoring manatee populations through support of Discover Corps

Through an exciting new partnership with Discover Corps, TIDE now has a new cohort of volunteers to help us continue our important work! Discover Corps is an international travel company that connects those wishing to have a more meaningful travel experience with opportunities to immerse themselves in local cultures and leave a lasting positive impact on the communities they visit.

Water Quality Monitoring 2015 Annual Report April 5, 2016 - 13:54
Water Quality Monitoring 2015 Annual Report

As the first quarter of 2016 comes to a close, TIDE is wrapping up production of the annual reports on our 2015 activities. One such report is the Water Quality Monitoring Program Report, which is now complete and available on our Water Quality Monitoring webpage. The entire research and monitoring team, under TIDE's Science Director and water quality monitoring project leader James Foley, pulled together to analyze the huge amount of data from 2015 and put the report together.

Managed Access Fishers Meeting March 23, 2016 - 22:46
Managed Access Fishers Meeting, 2/24/16

Properly managing protected areas and resources requires input from stakeholders. That is why TIDE organizes regular meetings with fishers, the Belize Fisheries Department and Managed Access Officers to manage Port Honduras Marine Reserve (PHMR). The most recent stakeholder meeting featured research updates, fishers’ opinions and an important discussion regarding future regulations within PHMR.

Advanced Community Researcher Training March 16, 2016 - 11:18
Advanced Community Researcher Training

TIDE’s newest cohort of Advanced Open Water PADI-certified SCUBA divers just completed their Level 2 Community Researcher training, thanks to funding from the Disney Conservation Fund! The Community Researcher Training Program trains young people from local communities in research techniques and employs them to work alongside TIDE’s Marine Biologist conducting monitoring work in TIDE’s protected areas.

Humpback Whales in PHMR March 14, 2016 - 10:08
Humpback Whales in PHMR

Boaters had an extraordinarily rare encounter with a Humpback whale in PHMR last week, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a lucky few! Several boaters in Belize (get the full story from Love FM) and Guatemala (watch this report from Guatevision) have recently spotted possibly 2 or even 3 Humpback whales in their coastal waters.

Coastal Awareness Week 2016 February 22, 2016 - 16:45
Coastal Awareness Week 2016

This week (22nd-27th February) is Coastal Awareness Week, hosted by the Coastal Zone Management Authority and Institute (CZMAI). The 2016 theme is: “The coast is ours, let’s climate proof it!” Climate change is a global problem, but poses a particular threat to coastal communities in Belize. TIDE has been working to help these communities prepare for its impacts and through participation in the CZMAI’s week of events we hope to further spread public awareness and explore climate adaptation...

TIDE Relocates Crocodiles for Safety February 19, 2016 - 19:38
TIDE Relocates Crocodiles for Safety

Several weeks ago TIDE was informed of wild crocodiles living in creeks throughout the Indianville area of Punta Gorda town and we have been working with local residents to relocate them to a safer area. Having crocodiles near your home is certainly undesirable for the safety threat that they pose, but attempting to remove them yourself is even more dangerous and it’s illegal!

TIDE Releases Rescued Hicatee Turtle into Rio Grande February 12, 2016 - 21:51
TIDE Releases Rescued Hicatee Turtle into Rio Grande

Thanks to help from local community members, TIDE successfully rescued and released a critically endangered hicatee turtle on January 26th! Elizabeth Kearns and Isabel Carrio happened upon the turtle on an afternoon walk through Punta Gorda, when they were approached by a man selling it from a cooler. Unaware of the significance of their discovery, the two women decided to buy it from the man so that they could free it. A friend soon after recognized the turtle was a hicatee and suggested...

Ridge to Reef hosts 20 university students February 8, 2016 - 09:09
Ridge to Reef hosts 20 university students

Earlier this month, TIDE’s Ridge to Reef Expeditions program hosted a group of 20 American students from Drake University in Iowa. This was a very unique group for the program—not only because of its size (the largest group expedition to date!), but also because TIDE worked directly with the university to organize this expedition for the students. Under Ridge to Reef Expedition Manager Caroline Oliver, the program is growing and expanding, and accommodating more unique groups such as this...

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