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I have now been at WSORC for ten weeks. Upon arriving in Utila, I did not quite know what to expect. But as soon as I dropped my bags, I was immediately plunged into an amazing atmosphere that has created countless and unique memories. Here is a look into my […]

Utila Time


As I write this, I have three days left in my internship at the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center. I’ve had some wonderful times here, between fighting off an overly curious moray eel, guiding newly-hatched hawksbill turtles into the ocean, and just experiencing life on Utila. But I will leave […]

Paradise Lost?


I have been reading a book by Alanna Mitchell entitled “Sea Sick” that discusses various ecological crises at different marine locations around the world. There was a line in the book that read:   “If all life on land were to vanish tomorrow, creatures in the ocean would flourish. But […]

Why the ocean matters



Where can I even start describing my first few weeks on this crazy and beautiful island? I have fallen in love with Utila. I spent a couple of weeks here before I started my internship and had already decided Utila is a special place, but it has become even more special to […]

First impressions of Utila


As conservationists we cannot deal with all of the world’s environmental problems so sometimes, we must choose specific problems that we can contribute to resolving. How then do we decide which issues to address and which to ignore? Our general interests often play a role, as does our own experience, or how convenient a  particular […]

The apocryphal nature of a conservationist


Lionfish is an invasive species in the Caribbean. They don’t have natural predators and eat everything that fits in their mouth. Even cleaner shrimp are found in their big fat bellys. Yes big fat bellys, because they eat a lot more than they would in their natural habitat and therefore grow […]

The Lionfish Controversy



Overfishing is a huge problem throughout the world’s oceans. Fish are being removed faster than they can replenish themselves, and populations are dwindling. Aquaculture, or fish farming, could be a viable alternative to fishing, and at first it sounds like it could solve everything. Why take fish from the wild, when […]

The Challenges Facing Aquaculture


Overfishing is more of a problem then many people realize or even care about. More than 85% of fisheries have been pushed to or beyond their biological limit. Overfishing is the act of catching more fish than the population can replace through natural reproduction. It is often caused by poor fisheries management, extensive […]

Overfishing


The island of Utila isn’t a big one; at about 11 km long and 4 km across at its widest point, it’s the smallest of the Honduran Bay Islands. It mainly consists of mangroves, partially submerged, swamp-like forests that smell a little like an outhouse and that are nearly impossible […]

Mangroves on Utila