The Roatan Marine Park patrol program facilitates the enforcement of Honduran environmental laws, regulations, and best practices. The program is comprised of five patrol boats manned by a Roatan Marine Park ranger and two members of the Honduran Navy. All patrols boats are active eight hours a day and six days a week on a rotating time and day schedule. Protecting key species such as corals, turtles, sharks, conch, lobster, and parrot fish is vital to ensure that our reefs stay healthy. Without our patrols these species would vanish.
Night patrols are organized twice a week in accordance with reports and user activity. Patrols cover over 110 kilometers a day in specific zones and respond to reports and requests as required. Additionally, we have a user friendly application available on smartphones that allows the community to report any criminal or damaging activity that poses a threat to the MPA. (IPatrol)
Since the project's inception, divers have reported an increase in sightings of turtle, conch, and lobster. Another indicator of success is the 2018 Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Report which reports healthy reef indicators (HRI) across the Mesoamerican Reef System. Currently our HRI is 3.3/5, one of the highest in all of the Mesoamerican Reef System. The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative is an international, multi-institutional effort that tracks the health of the Mesoamerican Reef in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Mexico. View their 2018 report here.
Assist our patrols by downloading our free app called RMP iPatrol from Google Play and iTunes App Store. We can’t be everywhere at once, but with your help we can significantly increase our patrolling efforts. Be our eyes and ears by notifying us directly of any violations of the marine protected area's rules and regulations and help us gain evidence against repeat offenders. The app also contains information about the rules and regulations within the marine protected area including fishing, boating, and environmental offenses.
The rules and regulations of the Bay Islands National Marine Park are intended to conserve our natural resources for the future. A strategic plan with defined roles and responsibilities of the co managers of the Bay Islands National Marine Park can be viewed and downloaded here.
How You Can Help
We currently have 4 patrol boats operating principaly on the West End of Roatan. Our goal is to continue to expand our patrol program to cover the entire island, a vast amount of coastline for our small operation. We are currently expanding our patrol efforts to the East End, however there are many more reefs and species to protect. By preventing illegal fishing for endangered species such as sea turtles, we know our conservation activities are making a big difference on the health and biodiversity of our reefs. This is an extremely important and demanding program and we appreciate all and any support.