At the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) we are creating a hopeful future for coral reefs, vibrant ecosystems that have been the heart of healthy oceans for more than 200 million years. CCMI is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1998 to protect the future of coral reefs through research, conservation, and education.
In 2005 we opened our field station, the Little Cayman Research Centre (LCRC). The reefs around Little Cayman truly are treasures of the sea and they offer insight for coral reefs globally. They are among the most biologically diverse reef systems in the Caribbean, located in one of the few locations in the world showing coral reef regeneration on a positive trajectory. The island, therefore, offers rich prospects for research to address global issues such as climate change and ocean acidification, marine protection, threatened and endangered species, and coral reef resilience.
Thanks to this vibrant home base, resident and visiting research teams have discovered new species and habitats, published over 100 scientific papers, hosted hundreds of visiting scientists and educated thousands of students and visitors about ways to support the health of coral reefs and vitality of our oceans.
A Message From Our President
Dr. Carrie Manfrino is the founder of CCMI and the current President and Director of Research & Conservation.
CCMI In The News
Temperature dip halts serious coral damage https://caymannewsservice.com/2015/11/temperature-dip-halts-serious-coral-damage/
West Bay kids make a splash in Little Cayman http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/11/03/West-Bay-kids-make-splash-in-Little-Cayman/
Into the Blue on Cayman 27: Coral bleaching impacts Cayman http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/10/28/into-the-blue-coral-bleaching-impacts-cayman
CCMI finds a home with CEC http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/09/04/ccmi-finds-home-cec/
CCMI gives research experience to U.S. undergrads http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/08/12/ccmi-gives-research-experience-to-us-undergrads
High tech buoy helps CCMI researchers monitor coral reefs http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/07/24/high-tech-buoy-helps-ccmi-researchers-monitor-coral-reefs
Law firm Grants $15,000 Contribution to CCMI Research http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/07/21/law-firm-grants-15000-dollar-contribution-ccmi-research/
CCMI Weighs In On Port Development Project http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/07/20/ccmi-weighs-port-development-project/
Grant Aids Efforts to Fight Lionfish https://caymannewsservice.com/local_news/2015/07/15/grant-aids-efforts-to-fight-lionfish/
Taming the Lionfish, Hakai Magazine http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-long/taming-lionfish
Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML) Oceanographers to Participate in New Summer Lecture Series http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/keynotes/keynotes_0615_littlecaymantalks.html
Little Cayman Coral Garden Dedicated to Scuba Diving Pioneer http://www.caymanreporter.com/2015/06/25/little-cayman-coral-garden-dedicated-scuba-diving-pioneer/
Into The Blue: Bob Soto Coral Nursery http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/06/24/into-the-blue-bob-soto-coral-nursery
Into The Blue: Young Environmentalist Leadership Course http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/05/27/into-the-blue-young-environmentalist-leadership
Ocean Action: Dive On The EDGE To Save Corals In Little Cayman http://www.scubadiving.com/travel/cayman-islands/ocean-action-dive-edge-save-corals-little-cayman
CCMI Chief Gets Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship http://www.compasscayman.com/caycompass/2015/05/06/CCMI-chief-gets-prestigious-Fulbright-scholarship/
Into the Blue: CCMI Surveys Cayman's Reef http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/04/29/into-the-blue-ccmi-surveys-caymans-reef
Little Cayman: CCMI Partners With The Earthwatch Institute For New Citizen Science Programme http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/little-cayman-ccmi-partners-with-the-earthwatch-institute-for-new-citizen-science-programme/
Earthwatch Institute: Helping Endangered Corals in Little Cayman http://earthwatch.org/expeditions/helping-endangered-corals-in-little-cayman
UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum News 43, Efforts in Coral Reef Restoration https://www.yumpu.com/document/view/38189637/forum-news-43-march-2015
Education and Conservation: How the Cetnral Caribbean Marine Institute is Working to Save Our Oceans, Venue Magazine http://www.leadcincinnati.com/Education-and-Conservation-How-The-Central-Caribbean-Marine-Institute-Is-Working-to-Save-Our-Oceans/
Consolidated Water Supports Coral Project in Little Cayman https://caymannewsservice.com/local_news/2015/04/02/consolidated-water-supports-coral-project-in-little-cayman/
Kean University Students Study Cayman Islands Coral Reef http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/kean-university-students-study-cayman-islands-coral-reef/
Peter talks about CCMI's 2020 vision with Cayman 27 http://www.cayman27.com.ky/2015/01/28/dive-in-with-ccmi