Kate visited Belize as part of her commitment to assist with promoting the work of Oceana globally. Her mission in Belize was to spread awareness about Belize’s marine biodiversity and its importance to the stability of the country and to bring focus to ecologically important places, such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Lighthouse Reef Atoll. Ms. Walsh arrived on the evening of June 8, World Oceans Day.
On Saturday June 9, Kate visited Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Belize’s oldest marine reserve and Shark Ray Alley, where she snorkeled and experienced firsthand, why they remain a major visitor’s attraction. At both sites she was photographed and filmed by renown Belizean photographer—Tony Rath. Through her visit, Ms. Walsh not only gained direct experience with Belize’s diverse reef environment, but she learned about how essential reserves are to the sustainability of Belize’s marine waters, food security and economy.