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Microplastic Research BICA Roatan

Microplastic research

Approximately eight million metric tons of plastics enter the oceans annually, once in the environment, these plastics can be slowly degraded by microorganisms, heat, oxidation, light or hydrolysis creating small particles better known as microplastics.

Microplastic Research BICA Roatan

Why do we do it?

Microplastics are small plastic particles that measure less than 5mm due to their small size they can be mistaken for food by marine organisms. The ingestion of microplastics has been identified in a variety of species, from plankton to mammals, currently more than 220 species of different trophic levels have been reported that consume microplastic particles in their natural environment and it is predicted that 99% of all species of seabirds will have ingested microplastics by 2050.

Microplastic Research BICA Roatan

What are we doing?

Since 2019 we have been collecting the digestive systems of beached animals in Roatan to evaluate the presence of microplastics in their stomachs and their diet. With this we want to create a baseline of microplastics studies and with these results create more awareness to avoid the use of single-use plastic in the Bay Islands National Marine Park (BINMP). Furthermore we have been conducting citizen science studies through our beach microplastic survey in Roatan, Utila and Guanaja to quantify the amount of microplastic in our public beaches.

How you can help?

¡Say no to plastic!

single use plastic BICA Roatan

Avoid single-use plastic

Take your reusable products such as bottle, straw, fork, among others with you.

report BICA Roatan


Report beached animals on Roatán to the number: (+504) 9796-9956 to continue with our analyzes.

Join Us BICA Roatan

Join us!

Join our citizen science studies to quantify and collect microplastics on Roatan, Utila and Guanaja beaches.

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Donate to BICA to continue with these activities

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The beach microplastic survey BICA Roatan


Currently we have the stomach of 3 hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna sp.), 1 Gervais beaked whale (Mesoplodon europaeus), 1 hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata), 1 green eel (Gymnothorax funebris), 1 red-footed booby (Sula sula), these organisms will be analyzed and the results will be shared with the public. Regarding our analysis of microplastic on the beach, 3 samplings have been carried out in Roatán beaches, 1 in Guanaja and 1 in Utila. All the beach samples contained microplastic particles.

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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Microplastic analysis BICA Roatan
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