Mesoamerican Reef

© Judy A. Takats / WWF Guatemalan mountain upstream of a Coca-Cola bottling plant.

© Judy A. Takats / WWF
Guatemalan mountain upstream of a Coca-Cola bottling plant.

The Basin

The Mesoamerican Reef in Central America is the second longest barrier reef in the world. The reef and its surrounding waters sustain more than two million people and are home to more than 500 species of fish, including the whale shark – the largest fish in the world. More than 60 rivers drain into the reef through high mountain ridges that originate in the dense cloud forests of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve.