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Preserving Paradise: Initiative to Restore Caribbean Coral

Updated: Jun 24

Roatan is an island situated in the Caribbean, known for its stunning coral reefs. Unfortunately, these beautiful ecosystems are under threat due to pollution, overfishing and climate change. In response, Roatan Marine Park (RMP) has launched a project to protect and restore these reefs in Honduras. The project aims to preserve the coral reefs of the Caribbean and ensure their sustainability for the future.

Roatan Marine Park, Bay islands National Marine Park

Under the banner of "Strengthening knowledge in coral restoration to preserve and restore coral ecosystems in the Caribbean of Honduras," RMP's project is funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (COSUDE). This initiative seeks to enhance the survival and resilience of coral reefs through innovative restoration techniques and knowledge generation.

Project Achievements


Implementation of innovative reef restoration techniques

  • Expansion of the coral nursery – currently 45 structures

  • Installation of 5 micro-fragmentation trees with massive coral species

  • Transplantation of 2000+ Acropora fragments to the reef

  • Over 300 individuals are certified as Adventurers and Ambassadors through the RMP Coral Restoration course

  • Over 30 different genotypes of Acropora are hosted in our nursery

  • Technical training for RMP Research Team personnel and volunteer work

Expanded project portfolio:

  • Monitoring of Fish Spawning Aggregation Sites (FSA)

  • Monitoring and Intervention of Coral Diseases (EPTCD)

  • Coral Health Research - Guanaja and Miskito Cays

  • Control and Monitoring of Invasive Species (Lionfish)

  • Education, Engagement, and Empowerment of Local Communities

  • Monitoring and Protection of Native Fauna (Sea Turtles)

  • Citizen Science

As the project moves forward, RMP remains dedicated to its mission of preserving paradise. By harnessing the power of innovation, collaboration, and community engagement, RMP continues to be at the forefront of coral reef conservation efforts in the Caribbean of Honduras. Together, we can ensure that future generations inherit a world where coral reefs' vibrant colors and abundant life endure as symbols of nature's resilience and beauty.

At Roatan Marine Park, we endeavor to restore and preserve coral reefs in the Caribbean of Honduras is not merely a scientific endeavor; it's a testament to the collective will to safeguard our planet's natural wonders. Through partnerships, knowledge sharing, and community engagement, we lead the charge toward a sustainable future where coral reefs thrive again. As stewards of the ocean, let us join hands to ensure that these irreplaceable ecosystems remain a source of wonder and inspiration for future generations.

Reef Keepers, Roatan Marine Park

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