Roatan Marine Park

West End Road, Half Moon Beach, Roatan, Honduras

Region Active

Central America

Non-profit

2005

Activity

Marine protected areas, Marine conservation, Marine research, Coral restoration, Sharks, Turtles, Marine conservation awareness and education, Sustainable seafood, Lionfish eradication

Description

RMP was started by a group of concerned divers and conservationists to protect Roatan’s reefs and ecosystems. They are 'dedicated to the conservation of Roatan’s protected marine and coastal area including all of its flora, fauna, physical and biological characteristics and phenomena, and historical and cultural resources'. They achieve this by a number of practical initiatives, including conducting research into marine species such as sharks, turtles and corals while involving the public in citizen science projects, by creating marine infrastructures so as to minimize damage to reefs such as moorings management, by educating via outreach programmes to local communities and divers, amongst others. In addition, they have a lionfish eradication programme.