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At BICA Guanaja, we had establish strategic alliances with universities, organizations, programs and projects focused on scientific and applied research; that allow implementing adaptive integral monitoring systems that strengthen the effective management of the island's coastal marine resources.

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e recognize how quickly this disease can spread along reefs, negatively impacting healthy corals and contributing to reduced coral cover and species diversity. In addition, we are aware of the economic importance of coral reefs, as local tourism is highly dependent on their health and beauty.

Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja
Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja


We are conducting a comprehensive microplastics monitoring program in the Bay Islands of Honduras, including Guanaja. We recognize the significant threat microplastics pose to marine environments, as they can be ingested by marine life, causing damage to local ecosystems and potential risks to human health. 

marine water


We carry out monthly water quality monitoring activities, essential to assess the impact of human activities on ecosystems, especially on the coral reefs surrounding the island of Guanaja. These actions are critical to maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems and ensuring the sustainability of the community, whose economy depends directly and indirectly on reef-related tourism.

Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja
Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja

coral restoration

Coral reef restoration is crucial because of the importance of these marine ecosystems. Coral reefs are highly biodiverse and productive, and play a critical role in protecting the coastline, conserving marine species, and generating income through tourism.


We are carrying out post-larvae monitoring activities of reef fish in the Mesoamerican Reef System (MAR), specifically on the island of Guanaja, within the Bay Islands National Marine Park. These activities involve the identification and assessment of larvae of reef fish species in the marine environment.

Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja

Ways to Give

Join us in protecting the stunning marine and coastal biodiversity of the Bay Islands in Honduras by supporting our conservation efforts and safeguarding the future of our oceans for generations to come.


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Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja
Research and Monitoring BICA Guanaja

Founded in 1990 by concerned citizens, the Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) is a grassroots organization dedicated to safeguarding the future well-being of the Bay Islands, Honduras. It is a private, non-profit entity coordinating and initiating efforts to protect the islands' delicate natural resources. To effectively carry out its operations, BICA has established three strategically located chapters on each island—Utila, Roatan, and Guanaja. Additionally, it has recently expanded to Tampa, FL, where it has obtained official 501c3 status to facilitate donations from interested individuals and groups.
With over 30 years of experience, BICA has successfully implemented various programs and projects in the Bay Islands, focusing on environmental education, community development, protection, and research & monitoring. Since 1994, BICA has entered into a co-management agreement with the Institute of Forestry Conservation and Wildlife (ICF) to jointly manage the marine and terrestrial protected areas in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

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