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Bristish billionare supports protecting Gladden Spit

British Billionaire  Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, mentioned in his blog of October 25, 2012,  that one of the wonders of the ocean is the reef of Southern Belize, Gladden Spit.

Sir Richard is in support of protecting the Gladden Split and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve.

Gladden Spit and the Silk Cayes cover approximately  25,980 acres, 36 kilometres off the coast of Placencia where millions of Cubera and dogtooth snappers come together to lay trillions of eggs in the reserve.

Sir Richard expressed the view that the Marine Reserve could be one of the greatest tourist attractions for Belize, and so it is critical that the species in that reserve be  protected.

Sir Richard criticized the government for allowing fishing boats to wade in, and said  this miracle could get wiped out, leaving Belize and the world poorer for it.

By contract, the government of the Cayman Islands has recently voted to ban fishermen from an area of sea where millions of groupers congregate  to lay eggs in the winter.

Throughout the course of spring full moon, snappers gather by the thousands in Belize to lay their eggs at the Gladden Spit.

Whale Sharks are attracted to the spawning event and with their mouths wide open they charge through  the school.

“It’s a striking performance to observe,” Branson said.

Sir Richard Branson is famous for his Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.

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