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Conch season opens and fisherman return with their boats filled!!

On October 02, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

Pile of conch shells, empty of their meat!Eloy's boat filled with conch.

Anyone for conch ceviche, conch fritters or even conch soup … these are always a must to any Caye Caulker menu and the fact that Conch came into season today, makes it almost 100% certain that villagers will be sampling either one of these today!!

Mr Charles cleaning the conch.Fisherman coming back with their first morning's catch.

For local fisherman the season opened yesterday Monday 1st October and anyone who knows his game was out from sunrise this morning, making much use of the day!!  Before many of you had even opened your eyes boat loads of conch were making their way back to the Caye to be carefully cleaned and carried to their final destination, most likely our mouths!!

For anyone that is interested in more of how locals dive for conch and clean it … look at our video with Captain Jahlee from last year – click here.

Oceana and Garbage Warriors clean up CC’s coastline!

On October 01, 2012 in News

Chief Organizers - Noelle Gray, Sally Ringsred and Dorothy BeveridgeGarbage Warriors - Ellen Armstrong and Abel Novelo with crew!

Continuously we find ourselves bursting with pride for our amazing community spirit here on Caye Caulker and Saturday was yet another day!!

The Caye Caulker Garbage Warriors, in  collaboration with Oceana Belize, conducted a trash pick-ups with over 40 villagers and children yesterday. This pickup is part of a national and international effort to spend one day picking up trash from coastal areas and waterways and Oceana provided the trash bags and the gloves with Agua Dulce providing the water.

The Garbage Warriors commenced at 8am and by 11am they were looking exceedingly weary with the mornings exercise – however, together they collected more than 60 garbage bags of waste which were polluting the mangroves on the South side of Caye Caulker.  Suffice to say at the end of their endeavors the mangrove coastline looked not only clean of rubbish but quite picture perfect!!

Thank you to all concerned for making our island one of the cleanest and most beautiful!!

 

Tourists found illegally snorkeling in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.

On September 29, 2012 in News

Tourist Police removing tourists from CCMR

Yesterday, Thursday, three tourists were found illegally snorkeling in the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.  How can tourists ‘illegally snorkel’ you may well ask?  Well, to ensure the protection of the reef and its inhabitants, Tour Guides are assigned to lead snorkeling experiences within all the reserves in Belize and there is nothing different about the Caye Caulker Marine Reserve.

At lunchtime yesterday 3 un-named tourists thought that it would be a clever idea, to get out of paying for a licensed snorkeling trip, to take one of the free kayaks that are available at their hostel (Bellas) and paddle themselves to the reef!!  It looks as though they were so cheap that they only had one snorkel and mask between them and therefore, when they got to Shark and Ray Alley they took it in turns to see what hid beneath the surface of the ocean, whilst the other two got sunburnt on the boat!

Officials (who keep an ever protective eye on our reef) saw the kayakers and set out in a motor boat to evacuate them from the reef and take them home!!  The tourists one by one were pulled into the motor boat and their kayak was towed home, back to Caye Caulker and most likely to face small charges of breaking the law of the Marine Reserve!!

Due to the location of the CCMR being a mile away from land, it is important that these rules are adhered to for the safety and protection of both the reef and the tourists themselves – the reef can be a dangerous place if weather changes and much harm could be done to those who are without a knowledgable and experienced Guide!

 

National Geographic Showcases Mesoamerican Reef!

On September 27, 2012 in Belize, News

Ariel view of Belize's reef!

We have always known we are special but it is always flattering when the leader of environmental issues and photography decide to focus their latest issue on our reef!!

The Mesoamerican Reef region lies within the Caribbean Sea and touches the coasts of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. It contains the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, stretching nearly 700 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula down through the Honduran Bay Islands.  The greater part of this reef residing in Belizean waters.

National Geographic have highlighted the features of the reef, a number of which have been photographed in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and the majority of which have been taken somewhere in Belize!

The article is excellent for Belize and those interested in snorkeling, scuba diving and the marine environment in general as it indicates that it is a far healthier and abundant than its larger counterpart over in Australia – big up Belize!!!

Click here to read the article .

 

No Mosquitos on Caye Caulker!

On September 25, 2012 in News

Biting insect - mosquito!

Yep, it’s true, there are no flies on us!!  I have waited until the rainy season has passed sufficiently to be confident about this statement but now I am almost 100% sure that we can say that Caye Caulker is mosquito-less!!

The wisdom or the reasoning behind his lack of bothersome insect varies depending on who you speak to … some feel it is because the oceans around us are less warm, thus less atmospheric activity ie hurricanes and also less mosquitos!??  I have also heard that some feel it is because tourism is down and therefore there are less tourists to bite!?? … the fact that tourism is not down should really be the argument against this reasoning!!

There is a short and simple reasoning behind this phenomenon and it is our new mosquito deterrent created by our Village Council this year.  Alberto Villanueva (our Chairman) in his endeavor to rid our island of these hideous creatures in ideally an environmentally sound way, approached the Ministry of Health for their advice.  They had in storage a product called Abate that seemed to fit the bill but nobody seemed to want to use.

Abate larvicide controls malaria and other vector-borne diseases by controlling pests before they reach maturity, preventing them from breeding and spreading disease through new generations of insects.

Abate is a potent larvicide based on the active ingredient temephos that effectively manages a broad spectrum of nuisance and disease-causing insects (including mosquitoes), before they hatch. While long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying focus on the individual and the household, Abate larvicide takes vector control to the community level.

The result – an enormously happy village community and most likely an alarming drop in mosquito carried problems on our island!  Thank you once again our VC Team … we are all very happy!!

 

Caye Caulker’s Independence Day Bash!

On September 22, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Culture, News

Paraders!The Caye Caulker parade 2012!

For us Belizean’s it is the holiday of the year, the one that everybody, and I mean everybody, celebrates the birth of their independence back 31 years ago.  Here in Caye Caulker the streets have been adorned with the red, white and blue of the Belizean flag for the entire month of September but it is really the 20th and 21st on the Caye that we really celebrate the month.

Beautiful paraders.Miss Lobster Fest 2012 - Sylvia Josephand more color!

The eve of Independence was Thursday night and all islanders, from young to old were out to watch the spectacle of the fireworks – they did not disappoint, and for tourists in the crowd they were treated to a display of international standards to see in our 21st!

Atlantic bank staff!!The colorful spectacle!Lining the streets to watch the spectacle.

And then onto the parade … it is a spectacle that probably only us islanders can really appreciate – one that brings smiles on every bodies faces for their hearts burn with Belizean pride as we dance in the streets.   It is the one day of the year that you can see all that characters that you know and love in a different light … the staff of Atlantic bank synchronizing themselves to Byron Lee plusLouise Aguilar and her aerobic class never disappoint!!

Village Council Chairman Alberto and his bride-to-be, Solange.More beautiful paraders!

Music and food continued on in the Park for the rest of the afternoon and into the night … right up until the heavens opened with what feels like the first real rain since July!!!

Well done again to all concerned – Independence remains one of my most favorite of holidays!!!

Children parade for September on Caye Caulker!

On September 14, 2012 in Caye Caulker, Culture, Exploring Caye Caulker, News

Mia Cutkelvin being crowned CCRCS QueenCCRCS Class Kings and QueensThe parade begins!

Ocean Academy, the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School and Little Stars Pre School paraded to celebrate their love for Belize this morning.

Children in the CCRCS had voted during the week for their Class Queen and Kings and each class decorated a golf cart upon which their chosen King and Queen rode upon.  Mia Cutkelvin was voted (by the children of the school) to be class Queen and she was crowned Queen in a small ceremony at the Park before the parade.

Caye Caulker was alive with the sound of the drummers, the colors of red, white and blue scattered around and the excitement in the air with September celebrations.

Melina Cho and Finley Hek - Standard 1M Queen and KingMore parade ..More parade ..

Roll on Independence!!!

Ocean Academy

Celebrating 10th September in full color!!

On September 10, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Culture, News

Kids parading 2012Coca Cola PiratesParade 2012

The pride of all Belizean’s overflows during the month of September and nowhere better can it be seen than during the Carnival to celebrate the 10th September.  This Saturday, was no exception.  The city comes alive as its inhabitants prepare for this annual spectacle.

and more parade ..and more parade ..and more parade ..

Like many countries around the world, Belize is totally broke – and with 90% of Belizeans under the poverty line, you would have expected the budget for what some may consider, non-necessities (like costumes for Carnival) being low or non existant.  But this Saturday showed us all Belize’s heart, her pride and her glory in full color on the streets of Belize as float after float slowly paraded down the streets.  Belizeans expressed their love for their country as they danced to celebrate their independence and 10th September – and they did so in style!

and more parade ..and more parade ..and more parade ..

From the Caribbean flavor of the Coca Cola truck’s steel drum pirates to Lova Boy singing live on the Belikin truck – the crowd were wowed with crew after crew’s performance and costumes.  Yes the country is in desperate need of financial assistance – but what is clear is that the country is bursting with National pride and is fully capable of putting on a parade to rival that of Rio itself!!

and more parade ..and more parade ..and more parade ..

 

 

September and it’s celebrations are upon us!!

On September 07, 2012 in Belize, Caye Caulker, Culture, News

Belize's flag raised proudly in September!Flags on trees

This is the month where we in Belize and Caye Caulker celebrate two significant dates in Belize’s history – firstly 10th September – the Battle of St Georges Caye, where the Baymen fought off the Spaniards to defend their territory.   And secondly 21st September is Belize’s Independence.

So the month of September becomes one that we find every reason to party or even to adorn our houses, our golf carts and even ourselves in National pride – red, white and blue!  Tomorrow, many (not all) will travel to the City to watch the carnival take place – this is a colorful extravaganza in notably sweltering heat!!

So … as the celebrations begin … we wish to welcome in the month of September and enjoy all it has to offer us!!

 

School opens and unveils the 2 new classrooms.

On September 03, 2012 in Caye Caulker, News

The two new classrooms!Inside the new classroom!

Today was the beginning of the new school year for the Caye Caulker’s Roman Catholic School and all children from age 5 to 12 years old were in attendance for this very important day of the year.  Everybody has a new teacher, a new classroom and maybe even some new friends added into their class from last year.

For some this day was one that they eagerly awaited and for others, there were a few tears and dragging of feet to come through the school gates!!  And then there are those who are attending school for the first time, these small students looking with great excitement in their eyes, a sense of achievement that they are now part of the ‘big kid’ ranks.

School Assembly

With the ever increasing population here on Caye Caulker, so does the demand for additional space in order to educate its children.  This year the Village Council and the Area Representative – along with generous donations from Seaside Cabanas and a number of other businesses, including the Lobster Fest Committee, have furnished us with two new classrooms.  Each classroom is large enough to sit comfortably at least 30 children and with ceiling fans and a fresh coat of paint, the new Standard I classmates are happy that this will be there new home for the next year.

Although this is a welcome necessity for our children’s education, Miss Bea in her opening remarks to the school in Assembly admitted that there is a heavy demand for more classrooms as the size of the classes for this community are growing to the point of requiring them to be split.  But without no space, this is impossible.  If anybody does know of how or if they could assist us – please contact Raggamuffin!

We want to pass on our thanks for all those involved in the creation of the two new classrooms and also to  wish good luck for all those students in the up-coming year!