News from the Swan Islands
Dr. Sylvia Earle Visits on a Research Trip, 16th July 2011:
The world famous scientist recently visited the Swan Islands to conduct a series of scuba dives and evaluate the condition of their reefs.
To read more about the expedition, visit her Mission Blue Blog.
Recently the Government of Honduras declared a bank on shark fishing, in turn creating the largest sanctuary for sharks in the Caribbean Sea.
Reporting that there were signs of over-fishing and impacts from coral bleaching and hurricane damage, there was reason for hope and with the proper protection the Swan Islands can be an oasis in the region.
At this time, there are no scheduled visits, ferries, live-a-board dive boats or flights running from the mainland Honduras to Swan Islands. The only current means of accessing these islands is by taking a private charter on the Bay Islands Aggressor or by chartering a private plan.
The Swan Islands have had a tendency to be in the path of many hurricanes passing through the Caribbean during hurricane season. The Swan Islands of Honduras sustained significant damage from Hurricane Mitch in 1998.