One of CCMI’s major outreach goals is to ensure that Caymanian children are “ocean literate” by the age of 12. Ocean literacy refers to an understanding of the impact that the ocean has on humans, and conversely, the impact that humans have on the ocean. CCMI’s ocean literacy programme is based upon seven key principles developed by several scientific organizations, including the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Geographic Society (NGS) in cooperation with educators.
The Ocean Literacy Programme has produced several different tools, which are available for free for everyone. Please visit our Library page to find out more about ocean literacy and to download a free copy of “Our Ocean Planet,” a manual for teaching ocean science based on the seven principles of ocean literacy.
YOUNG ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP COURSE
An exciting addition to CCMI’s education courses, the new Young Environmental Leadership Course aims to introduce students to the role of the environment in our everyday lives, especially as a precious business commodity. This programme is sponsored, to ensure local students have the opportunity of taking part without the pressure of finding the funds. Interactive presentations in the schools encourage students to enroll for the opportunity to be interviewed and chosen to participate in the course. YELC focuses primarily on providing a chance for Caymanian students from local secondary schools (aged 16-18) to learn more about the ocean and how it links to everyday life in Cayman.
REEF LECTURE SERIES
CCMI’s scientists conduct weekly lectures on CCMI’s current research interests as well as other issues impacting the marine environment. These lectures are held locally at Little Cayman resorts and are open to the public, including visitors and Little Cayman residents. The topics covered will include themes like climate change and its impact on coral reefs, the invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish, ongoing efforts to recover local Nassau grouper populations and a variety of other issues impacting Cayman Islands reefs. For the most current information on the lecture series, please contact local resorts or call the LCRC.
GREEN GUIDE SERIES
In 2010, CCMI published the “Green Guide to the Cayman Islands,” a short booklet detailing threats to marine life in the Cayman Islands and ways in which humans can mitigate them. The Green Guide also details Cayman Islands marine conservation laws and gives a myriad of suggestions for simple changes people can make in their day-to-day lives to reduce their impact on the Earth, specifically in regard to our oceans. CCMI has worked to distribute the Green Guide to residents throughout the Cayman Islands in order to encourage everyone to enact the changes necessary to save our precious marine resources.
FIELD STATION TOURS
Weekly tours are conducted at the Little Cayman Research Centre for guests on Little Cayman. Visitors are able to see the LCRC’s research facilities firsthand and get an inside look into our current research programmes. Visitors to Little Cayman interested in a tour of the station should inquire at the reception desk of their hotel or call the LCRC.
DOLLAR A DIVE
Little Cayman’s Bloody Bay Marine Park is among one of the most diverse and pristine coral reefs in the world and — unlike other marine parks around the world — is open to divers free of charge. For divers who would like to support research to protect and preserve this natural wonder, CCMI has created the “Dollar-a-Dive” campaign. For a donation of $1 per dive done in the marine park (usually about $10), divers will receive a dive tag to place on their equipment to show their support for marine conservation and commemorate their dive trip in Little Cayman. All proceeds go toward funding CCMI’s research in Little Cayman. Dive tags are available for purchase at the Little Cayman Research Centre and also at local dive shops on Little Cayman.