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
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.
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.