San Pedro’s various tour guide establishments are benefiting from Hol Chan Marine Reserve’s Annual Responsible Tour Guide Seminars. This year, the training sessions stated from mid-September and will run through October with the aim of refreshing tour operators on the rules and regulations of Hol Chan. Among the important issues discussed in the seminars is the expansion of the marine reserve, including the new management of Mexico Rocks which now under protected status.
Up to date, ten tour agencies have taken part in the seminar which is being led by Hol Chan’s Environmental Educator, Mariela Archer. “The Hol Chan Marine Reserve invites all dive shops and free-lance tour guides from San Pedro and Caye Caulker to participate in our 2015 Responsible Tour Guiding Seminars. Important for this year will be the recently amended Hol Chan Legislation (Statutory Instrument No. 17 of 2015) that includes the expansion of the protected area. It is important that each tour guide using the Marine Reserve attends these sessions, since we will be presenting the new boundaries of the recent expansion to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve,” said Archer.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve would like to thank those tour operators that have already taken the time to participate in the Responsible Tour Guide Seminar: Ambergris Divers, Tuff-E-Nuff, Belize Pro Diver Center, Island Divers, Ocean Diver, Action Divers, La Gaviota, Rum Punch and Caribbean Breeze.
Contact Hol Chan Marine Reserve at 226-2247 for further information.