Our Education and Outreach program aims to inspire and educate communities on the importance of our marine ecosystems in Roatan, the largest island within the Bay Island National Marine Park (BINMP). To fulfill this goal, we promote conservation initiatives which target different groups that visit, live, and economically rely on the natural resources found in our Marine Protected Area (MPA). Throughout the year, our program reaches approximately 2,000+ students from all different educational levels. Additionally we reach 200+ adults and 100+ groups of foreign students who learn about the BINMP and how they can be responsible visitors.
Schools. Students of all ages learn and explore the different ecosystems and priority conservation species of the MPA. They learn through presentations and field based experiences such as visits to the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences, reef tours in the glass bottom boat, and guided snorkeling tours.
In order to build capacities in the students and professors we host events, campaigns, and develop institutional micro projects within the school . Currently we have a three school projects:
1. “Green School, Blue Future” is a project based in Punta Gorda in which we are developing an environmental curriculum within two schools that aspire to become eco schools and serve as role models
2. “My Island, My Treasure, My Future” was created in 2019 in the community of Camp Bay, located on the east end of the Island. The goal of this project is to empower the next generation of reef leaders and create national pride within the community.
3. Every year we conduct Turtle camps and holiday camps "Ocean Guardian Kids Camp" where more than 150+ students are instructed in marine conservation.
We train tour operators, transport Associations, fisher associations and companies in Best Tourist Practices to safeguard our reef.
We train dive operators and staff on the importance of the BINMP, Honduran diving standards and voluntary standards in the Mesoamerican Reef.
Through the Bay Islands Responsible Seafood Guide, we promote a guide for retailers, restaurants and consumers to select the best and sustainable seafood choices
We carry out conservation activities and campaigns, celebrations of environmental days (World Wetlands, Mesoamerican Reef and Oceans day) and support for current island wide initiatives such as beach, mangroves, and reef cleanups and waste management campaigns. We create awareness to empower communities in sea turtle conservation.
HOW TO BE RESPONSIBLE VISITORS
Please watch the following informational video to learn how you can do your part by following environmental best practices on Roatan.