SCTLD apparently worsened during the Covid-19 pandemic, and conservation organizations, fishers and tour guides out of the waters have been witnessing its comeback. The implications for the country's much-touted blue economy are clear, as SCTLD advances from Placencia to the northern tips of Belize's coastal waters. Freelance journalist Jose Sanchez collaborates with PGTV and Channel 7, as well as Hipolito Novelo of Channel 5, to bring you this story spanning the Silk Cayes to the Great Blue Hole and beyond.
This TV feature was produced with support from Internews' Earth Journalism Network. It was first broadcast by PGTV on July 24, 2023.