“BICA’s main job is, and has always been, to work with the local community to protect their small piece of paradise so that future generations will be able to enjoy it and make a living from its resources.”
The Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1990 by residents of the Bay Islands, Honduras in order to initiate and coordinate efforts in protecting the islands’ fragile natural resources. BICA’s operation and projects are funded through the support of local individuals, businesses, national and international agencies and volunteers. BICA has three chapters – one in Utila, one in Roatan and one in Guanaja.
In its long and eventful history since its foundation in 1990, BICA Utila has worked with many local and international organizations on the protection of the island’s resources, particularly coral reefs, and helped many visiting students and researchers with their work. But, BICA’s main job is, and has always been, to work with the local community to protect their small piece of paradise so that future generations will be able to enjoy it and make a living from its resources.
BICA Utila has been instrumental in initiating many conservation projects, such as the management of the Turtle Harbour Wildlife Refuge and Marine Reserve, the protection of coral reefs through installation of mooring buoys, regular beach clean ups, environmental education in local schools, developing codes of conduct for divers, the elaboration of regulatory guidelines for whale sharks encounters, and many more!
BICA Utila at a glance:
Location: Utila, Honduras
Date of Foundation: 1990
- Lionfish Awareness
- Sea turtle Conservation
- Environmental Education
- Community Development
Volunteering Opportunities: Yes
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