Projects in Progress
Utila is very lucky as our reefs are still in a very good
and healthy condition and the members of UDSEC will strive
to keep them in good condition by creating projects to this
A few UDSEC members are working together to help re populate
the Staghorn and Elkhorn Coral which has been so
dramatically reduced in the Caribbean since approximately
1998. They have been working with specialists from other
countries who have managed to breed these corals on nursery frames, once they have grown to a reasonable
size they are then placed back on the reef to re populate
Another method of regeneration we are experimenting with is
reef balls. Reef balls are large concrete structures with
holes made in them, they will be placed in specific areas to
create fish habitats and artificial foundations for new reef
The dive buoys around the island, approximately 130 at the
moment, are paid for and maintained by UDSEC, this is an
ongoing job with the need for all buoys to be serviced,
repaired and new ones placed. The buoys are an important
part of protecting the reef in that they provide safe
mooring for the dive boats and also get rid of the need to
use anchors which break delicate reef structure.
All members of the council are totally committed to the
welfare of the Whale Shark, a common visitor to the waters
around Utila. Rules of encounter with the Whale Sharks have
been agreed and introduced on all dive boats on Utila.
UDSEC has been funding the local Tourist police force on the
island, these police are friendly locals who are there to
help tourists during the evening hours.
UDSEC are involved in an ongoing project of keeping the
environment clean, with continual beach cleanups.
UDSEC is looking at Rubbish Disposal, plastic recycling and
fish breeding programs.A new idea being explored at the moment is special mats
which will be placed in all boat bilges to reduce oil contamination the waters around Utila