Marine Environment Protection

There exists a variety of sources of marine pollution, from that produced by the normal operation of ships, to the deliberate dumping of pollutants into the sea; within this contamination is a range of substances such as oil, noxious or hazardous substances, waste water or sewage, organic and inorganic wastes in atmospheric emissions. The International Maritime Organization (IMO), as a specialized agency of the United Nations has made efforts to produce legal instruments regulating different sources of marine pollution, giving life to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), whose provisions are met and they are implemented through the Marine Environment Protection Department of the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine (GDMM).

The General Directorate of the Merchant Marine (GDMM), fulfilling its role of Maritime Authority has powers to regulate and control marine traffic, ensuring the safety of human life at sea, safety of navigation and prevention and control marine pollution, the latter through the Marine Environment Protection Department.


According to Article 5 number 7 of the Organic Law of The General Directorate of the Merchant Marine of Honduras, one of its attributions is the regulation of maritime activities such as: “the use, protection and preservation of the coast”.
As the National Maritime Authority, we fulfill our responsibilities to keep the Honduran coastal and marine ecosystems in good conditions for social and economic growth, obtaining incomings through fisheries and tourism, yet functional when it comes to its ecological value, preventing pollution incidents caused by the accumulation of solid wastes which brings along sanitation problems that cause natural scenic depreciation of our coast.

Parallel to the cleaning activities that have been taking place since September 2015, an Agreement between the Ministry of Education and the General Directorate of the Merchant Marine was signed to combine efforts with the aim to raise awareness among the community of students that lives in coastal areas about this increasing problem, in order that they take part in the solution, mitigating as much as preventing.

At the same time, this Program also integrates the 3rd Objective of the Country Vision for 2010-2038 in relation to the search of “a productive Honduras that generates opportunities and worthy jobs making the most of its resources, reducing the environmental susceptibility”; it also integrates the 7th Strategic Aim of the Nation Plan for 2010-2022 relative to Regional Development, Natural Resources and Environment.