ECO-CONSCIOUS RESORT PLEDGES TO PROTECT BELIZE’S
BARRIER REEF—El Pescador Aligns Itself with Carbon Offset Program
 
AMBERGRIS CAYE, Belize, October 24, 2006 — With nearly 40 percent of its land under protection by the government, the Central American country of Belize has long been praised as a leader in ecotourism.  Committed to conservation, El Pescador, a premier fishing and eco-adventure resort located on the island of Ambergris Caye, Belize, is pleased to introduce its involvement in the Carbon Offset Program, its newest initiative to protect the barrier reef, one of the country’s most precious ecosystems.
 
The Carbon Offset Program is based on the knowledge that air travel and the emission of carbon dioxide is harmful to the environment. For the 2006-2007 season, El Pescador is pledging to donate to Green Reef NGO, a nonprofit organization located in Belize that is dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of Belize’s vast barrier reef system.  El Pescador’s aim is make donations on behalf of their guests to benefit Green Reef Environmental Educational and Coastal Research Institute, thus lessening the impact of travel.
 
Chris Spiro, owner of El Pescador says, “The disastrous effect of green house gas produced by aircraft has become the focal point of El Pescador’s concern.  Upon learning that each aircraft traveling round-trip from the U.S. to Belize emits approximately half a ton of carbon dioxide, the El Pescador family felt compelled to make a donation, based on the pro-rated, passenger cost of these emissions.”
 
El Pescador is a world-class fishing resort, offering numerous eco-adventures, including snorkeling, manatee watching, cave-tubing and zip-lining.  For more information on packages and rates, visit www.elpescador.com or call 1-800-242-2017.
 
About Belize
Snuggled between Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south, relaxed, English-speaking Belize is only a two-hour plane ride from the continental United States.  Venture into a land rich in natural beauty and steeped in the magic of its Maya past.  Renowned for pristine waters, exotic marine and wildlife, lush unspoiled landscapes, and superb diving, Belize is Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.  For more information on Belize please visit www.travelbelize.org or call 1-800-624-0686.

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