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

No-Take Zones

An important opportunity exists to change the trajectory of marine resource decline in the Caribbean. In Honduras, where the coral reef fisheries are in decline, coastal resources face a constant barrage of local and global threats, and the authorities tasked with conserving the country’s resources remain mired by inaction, a bold new strategy is emerging to reshape the management paradigm of marine resources across the Caribbean coast. Find out more...


Conch Fisheries Management

Conch is a historically important coastal fishery in the Caribbean, but is now over exploited across much of their range. Devising effective cross boarder management strategies is essential to rehabilitate this fishery and restore their ecological function. Find out more...


Reef Monitoring

Understanding the changes that are taking place on coral reefs requires long term data with which to evaluate change. Our ongoing reef survey programme around the Bay Islands continues to collect a suite of health indicators on the islands coral reefs. Find out more...