The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences’s motto is ‘Preserving the Natural Resources of Roatan through Education & Research’.
The very rich Caribbean waters around the Bay Island of of Roatán (Honduras) are full of history, filled with the most beautiful fish and stunning marine life. The waters are abound with stories, tales of change, life, and growth that are waiting to be told and heard.
The central figures in all these tales are the marine organisms and fish that call these waters their home. The people at the Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) know all these stories as they all unfold right there offshore.
Coral Reef Monitoring
For the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences, research is among the most crucial tools for the conservation of the area’s marine biological diversity, and the Institute is highly committed to promoting and facilitating marine investigations. In the second half of the 1990’s, RIMS initiated and implemented an extensive reef-monitoring project to be conducted in and around Roatán’s Sandy Bay Marine Reserve.
This project was developed to monitor the area’s fish, coral, and invertebrate populations, and to monitor environmental impact over time. over the last two decades, the project has resulted in a substantial database containing all sorts of interesting facts and figures on the status of the reefs around Roatán.
Through continuous monitoring and observing over a longer period of time, RIMS will be able to provide crucial information that will help to sustain the area’s marine resources, ad will form a substantial contribution to efforts to protect and save marine life around the world.
The monitoring project’s goal is to learn more about the dynamics and natural processes of Roatán’s reefs. The collected data and documentation will be helpful for future management of these important resources, and be instrumental in the Institute’s efforts to expand Roatan’s marine reserve. The project will also help to enforce laws against all sorts of activities that threaten the economically relevant Bay Islands’ marine environment.
RIMS is strongly committed to cooperation with other Bay Islands facilities and organizations in the greater Caribbean region and will he glad to assist and facilitate research scientists from across the globe.
RIMS Caribbean Marine Laboratory
The Roatán Institute for Marine Sciences consists of the wet laboratory, the dry laboratory, the Roatán Museum, and the Education Center, which is designed in a way that it actually is a spacious and comfortable classroom. The room also features exhibits on Roatán’s coral reef, reptiles, fish, birds, invertebrates, and the Bay Islands’ geology.
When there’s no class in the Education Center, the room is available to the public. Every year, thousands of tourists visit the center which includes a well-equipped dry lab and a wet lab, and the center’s dive gear room is also located here.
The Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences actively invites academic groups to utilize its facility to learn first-hand all sorts of interesting facts about tropical marine ecosystems and marine life in the Caribbean waters. For many students this will be the first time that they will see coral reefs and the stunning submarine world of Roatán.
The region’s underwater world offers a one-of-a-kind realm of excitement and beauty, and provides sheer endless study opportunities. RIMS offers an interesting field course that allows students to travel overseas and get immersed into a different and new culture. The course offers students the chance to witness and experience the quite simple way of living that has been around for centuries on this small and very interesting Caribbean island.
If you are interested in a Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences field course, please contact the Institute’s education coordinator who can assist you with the following:
- Develop a course itinerary, arrange classroom settings and boating facilities. (This must be done before arrival)
- Provide classroom lectures on a number of topics. (See Programs & Lectures)
- Set up independent research projects, provide all sorts of information on local marine life, and serve as a naturalist.
- The education coordinator is a certified dive master and will accompany your group on every field trip.
Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences
Anthony’s Key Resort
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras