Roatan Marine Park Project Report
Roatan is sheltered by the second largest living coral reef in the world; it’s called the Mesoamerican Reef System. Here on the island, protection of this international treasure is entrusted to the Roatan Marine Park.
The Mesoamerican Reef System starts from Quintana Roo in Mexico, and it comes all the way down past Belize, past the little nook of Guatemala and onto the northern coast of Honduras. It’s the second largest barrier reef in the world.
The reef covers more than 1,000 kilometers of coastline and is home to endangered marine turtles, more than 500 fish species and over 60 different types of coral.
Every single square inch of that reef has something going on. Everything there …show more content…
Lots of nudibranchs, different types of coral, you’ll see all the sponges, bluebell tunicates. You need to have an eye, and you need to go slow to see. If you go quickly, you’ll miss most of our beauty on the reef.
The dedicated men and women of the Roatan Marine Park work hard to protect this fragile island’s most precious natural resource. It’s a big job, and one they take very seriously.
The Roatan Marine Park came about after people like me, who have been out here for over 30 years, saw it when it was really good and saw it as it started to be depleted. Now, we have grown. It’s pretty big; it’s pretty strong and more and more members are coming on. More and more of the diving communities are backing us.
The Marine Park is responsible for all of the marine infrastructure in the marine protected area. So, the mooring lines, the channel markers, the things that keep people safe going in and out of the reef day and night.
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Stop by the Marine Park office in West End to pick up a few souvenirs for your friends back home. And don’t go in the water without first buying a Marine Park bracelet.
The bracelets are very important and come from the Marine Park. Without them, I think the Marine Park would probably have to close. It would be lovely if every tourist that came here, even if they aren’t divers, even if they are just snorkelers, could buy a $10 bracelet, it would help out with protecting what we have here.
The Marine Park works as an NGO; we work mostly with our user fees. That money goes directly into our programs. But, that’s the financial way you can help. The environmentally friendly way you can help is just smart. Don’t touch the reef when you go diving, don’t stand on the reef when you’re going snorkeling. If you see anything that’s pretty, take a picture and don’t take it home. Just be smart when you’re out there.
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