Friends of Swallow Caye (FOSC) is a community based non-profit conservation association focused on the protection of manatees in the Swallow Caye area. The group was organized in 1996 to promote the designation of this area as a Wildlife Sanctuary.
FOSC innovatively motivates Belizeans to appreciate and enhance the natural heritage and biodiversity of Belize through inclusive participatory management of SCWS with a primary focus on protecting the manatee.”
FOSC has active members from Belize City, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye and countries around the world. Its office is located on Caye Caulker. These members lobbied for the establishment of the Sanctuary. Success came in July 2002, when the Hon. Minister of Natural Resources signed the statutory instrument declaring the Swallow Caye Wildlife Sanctuary.
SCWS will serve to protect the manatees and other marine life that call this habitat home. It will also ensure that those groups, who use the area for acquiring revenues or for recreational purposes, will enjoy it for generations to come.
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