Today in Belize City, experts on the world’s two largest reef systems met to discuss how they can partner together to fight certain issues affecting both. Belize’s Barrier Reef is second to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in terms of length but according to the experts they both face issues of coral bleaching, overfishing and general degradation and exposure to harmful expects from vessel grounding and so on. Already, 10 percent of reefs worldwide are completely degraded and a greater percentage are endangered, particularly in East Asia and the Caribbean. The two countries are slated to co-host the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) summit in Cairns, Australia in July. Closer to home, Belize has agreed to work with USAID to promote a Caribbean-based initiative.