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TASA and the Crocodile Research Coalition Launch New Research Project in Placencia

The Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association (TASA) completed a birding training exercise for its conservation officers and rangers. On the heels of this, a collaboration with Crocodile Research Coalition, which operates out of Placencia Village, completed a training for its conservation officers at the three ranger bases of the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. Through the training programme, TASA confirmed that a healthy population of the American crocodile lives and is thriving in the Atoll. A press release says the initiative contributed to two additional major goals of the organization: equip staff to implement sustainable income generation programmes to fund the management programs of the reserve, while feeding into a national management plan for a critical species. The initiative contributes to the Crocodile Research Coalition and the Forest Department’s establishment of a first-ever Conservation and Management Plan for the American Crocodile. On a recent excursion, rangers took a two-hour tour around Calabash Caye and sighted as many as seven crocodiles of interest. While only a start, this simple metric, signifies that Turneffe still possesses a healthy population of the endangered American Crocodile and symbolizes that the reserve has a diverse and thriving ecosystem.