The Bay Islands Conservation Association (BICA) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1991 by the people living in the Bay Islands in order to initiate and coordinate efforts in protecting the Island's fragile natural resources. BICA's operation and projects are funded through the support of local individuals, businesses and national and international agencies and visitors. BICA has three chapters; Roatan, Utila and Guanaja.
The Bay Island Conservation Association works to support the conservation of Utila through the following goals and activities:
- Protect and encourage the rational use of fragile ecosystems in Utila.
- Promote sustainable development through the rational use and management of Utila's natural resources.
- Stimulate awareness of the importance and richness of Utila's Ecosystems through involvement of the community and education of students.
- Establishment and continuous protection of Protected Areas.
- Increase public awareness of the endangered sea turtle species that visit Utila.
- Protect Utila's turtles nesting sites, as well as its marine ecosystems.
- Expand the scientific knowledge of sea turtles through local research on nesting, populations and migrations.