Welcome to the Centre for Marine Studies

We are a Honduran non-governmental organization conducting applied research on coastal and marine ecosystems. Initially founded on the island of Utila in 2006, CEM (our acronym in Spanish) has grown and expanded to include work on both the Caribbean and Pacific coasts of Honduras as well as regional projects focused on the Mesoamerican reef and the Gulf of Fonseca.

Combining applied ecological research with socio-economic studies, our interest is focused on providing holistic science with which to develop proactive management strategies for the sustainable use of coastal and marine resources. 

CEM scientists conduct research to underpin the development of innovative management tools, regularly working in collaboration with scientists and leading institutions from around the globe. By creating a bridge of knowledge between academic research and local knowledge, CEM can highlight priorities for conservation, identify management requirements and find solutions to mitigate local and regional threats to sustainability from local and regional sources. In this way, results from science can be understood and used by the communities who rely on the integrity of the coastal ecosystems with which they interact.

Latest Projects

FORCE Project

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Lobster Population Conectivity

The Caribbean spiny lobster (Panulirus argus), is the highest valued single species fishery of the Caribbean. However, lobster stock dynamics and possible meta-population connectivity remain poorly understood hindering regional management of this important resource. Find out more...


Lionfish Control

The Lionfish (Pterois spp.) brings a new threat to the Caribbean, as voracious predators of crustaceans and juvenile fish. Around Utila CEM coordinated the lionfish control programme and investigating novel ways to tackle this invasive species. Find out more...