Declining Trend on the Mesoamerican Reef System Marine Protected Areas
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (MBRS) comprises coral reefs in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. The Synoptic Monitoring Program (SMP) was developed to assess the coral reefs and associated ecosystems. This program is currently applied in most of the MPAs in the region. It includes sites selected within MPAs that represent strategic sites (Take and No take sites) for park managers on the back reef, shallow (5-12m) and deep fore reef (14-20 m).