What Eco-Services Does it Provide?
For most, the Mesoamerican Reef is a place of aesthetic beauty and relaxation attracting tourists from around the globe. However, that economic contribution is just the beginning of the invaluable goods and services the MAR provides to the region and to the world. It protects thousands of miles of shorelines from the destructive force of currents, storms and waves while also building land mass and delivering the finest beach sand for our pleasure. It is the nursery, breeding, and feeding ground for an amazing diversity of organisms; a genetic library and history book holding the critical ecological information from the past so crucial to our current decision-making. The life it supports also supports the economic life of the entire four- country region. On a global scale, the MAR is a massive nitrogen fixer, a carbon dioxide sink, and a detoxifier of water and air. Its architecture of calcium carbonate forms a backbone for the diversity of life for the region and for the world.