The Focus

The success of marine reserves is often limited by the scientific information available to guide the placement and structure of protection. There is a pressing need for marine reserve design to be based upon scientific data drawn from fisheries, marine spatial ecology and socio-economics.

The Approach

Marine Spatial Planning is a process that brings together spatial information about a region (its assets and users) to make decisions on how to use marine resources in a sustainable way. This science-based tool looks at preserving the ocean for future generations, while encouraging its appropriate use, thus decreasing conflict between multiple users and objectives.

Each area has different resources and gets used in a different way, that’s why Marine Spatial Planning needs to be tailored to each region’s needs.


We are currently designing and planning Marine Protected Areas and No Fishing Areas in Honduras, Central America.

With Whom

SI team members: Stephen Box, Iliana Chollett. Click here for team bios.

Partners: Summit Foundation, Harbor Branch. Click here for all partners

Thermal regimes in Honduras

Thermal regimes in Honduras to guide reserve design for climate change

Industrial fishing effort for lobster traps in Honduras

Industrial fishing effort for lobster traps in Honduras, guiding the establishment of the largest MPA in Central America