A community service
Our Marine Infrastructure program reduces mechanical damage to the reef by offering boat owners alternatives to reef anchoring and demarcating channels to reduce collisions with the reef. This year marks the end of a two-year project to adequately demarcate channels in Roatan’s east end. We collaborated with the Free Zone for Tourism (ZOLITUR) to mark out nearly all navigable channels in Roatan. In total 39 channels are marked with between one and six markers with at least one of them with a solar beacon, to make night navigation easier. In addition to channels, markers have also been added in specific areas within the lagoon to
make navigation safer and to also delineate areas snorkelers should avoid.
The accelerated development of the Bay Islands brought a high recurrence of mechanical damage to the reef through reef anchoring and collision of vessels. In order to reduce mechanical damage to the reef we created our Marine Infrastructure Program to offer boat owners alternatives to reef anchoring. We install dive and snorkel mooring around the perimeter of the islands which enable boats to moor and therefore protect coral and living species. We have successfully reduced damage caused by anchoring on the reef and fuel being dumped directly on these ecosystems. We have also installed channel markers to demarcate the exit and entry points of the majority of the highly trafficked areas around Roatán, increasing the safety of navigating through narrow channels and reducing the occurrence of collisions. To date we have installed and maintained over 329 dive and snorkel moorings, 186 channel markers, and 20 demarcation markers, accounting for an estimated 95% of the marine infrastructure around Roatan. These important and costly installations are available for all boat owners and are frequently used by dive shops, fishermen, and snorkel tour operators. We hope to keep this community service available and install more channel markers and dive moorings in the east end of the island by the end of 2020. Every time a supporter donates to name a dive site, their gift will cover the cost of maintaining four other dive moorings.
Anchoring in the Bay Islands National Marine park is prohibited. We offer mooring balls in West End so sailboats can enjoy their stay in Roatan close enough to all the attractions. We currently have 25 mooring balls, please contact us to check availability. The mooring fees are the following:
One day - 10 dollars
One week- 50 dollars
One month- 150 dollars
HOW CAN YOU HELP
Want to contribute to conservation efforts? Perhaps you want to honor the memory of a loved one? Or shopping for the perfect gift? Either way, naming your own dive site is a rewarding program and we deeply appreciate all the of your support. This is our way of honoring your generous donation.