Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Lysandra Chan

Technical Assistant: Belize-Mexico Program

Lysandra was born in the land-locked Orange Walk Town in Belize.  In the coastal village of Caye Caulker she developed a true passion for the environment and wildlife while helping her relatives who work as fishermen, tour guides and hoteliers.  For them fishing and eco-tourism is a means of living but to her, it became a way of life worthy of dedicating her time leading and volunteering in conservation efforts and promoting the sustainable use of Belize’s natural resources.

She pursued a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology from the University of Belize and explored her potential partaking in research projects in watershed ecology and management. Her interest in the quality and quantity of water to sustain life became an integral part of her education. Paired with her biology background, it led to the successful completion of the ‘Morphological Characterization of the New River: A Preliminary Study’ an important tributary in her hometown river battered with the effects of urban and agricultural development and industrial use. Thereafter she became the Northern Belize Coastal Complex Project Coordinator and the Technical Assistant in environmental impact studies and biodiversity technical document drafting in Belize.

As the Technical Assistant at BTT her work as a conservation enthusiast will continue for the better management of the flats fishery and quality of water. She will provide technical support to the Belize-Mexico Program and participate in various research projects, field and office work all while continuing her personal journey as an avid reader, explorer and baker.