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.
Small Scale Fisheries Management
One of the biggest challenges in the management of small scale fisheries is the lack of accurate information on the extent and scale of fishing activities. Working with fishing communities across five Central American countries CEM is pioneering a data collection network to improve our understanding of these important coastal fisheries. Find out more...
By integrating an understanding of market chains into conservation and management planning this programme aims to improve management efficacy and informed decision making by understanding how changes in the fishery affect people’s incomes both directly and indirectly. 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...
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1st Utila lionfish derby a resounding success
The CITES approves to protect several species of shark
Fisheries inspectors able to record that shark is not marketed during Easter