Research

CCMI Conservation Projects

Scroll down to learn more about CCMI's Conservation Programmes:

  • Little Cayman Coral Nursery
  • Whole-Island Lionfish Defense  (WILD)

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  • Little Cayman Coral Nursery

    CCMI’s coral nursery project aims to enhance local populations of the once-dominant staghorn coral (Acropora cervicornis). Threats such as disease, hurricanes, and climate change have reduced the abundance of staghorn coral throughout the Caribbean by almost 90% over the past four decades.  Coral nurseries are a method of reestablishing threatened populations of staghorn and other coral species.  The Little Cayman Coral Nursery is the first nursery established in the Cayman Islands.

    Find out more about the Little Cayman Coral Nursery.
  • Whole Island Lionfish Defense (WILD)

    Human transportation of non-native species threatens biodiversity on a global scale. Unfortunately, the remote reefs of Little Cayman are not beyond the reach of invasive species. In early January 2008, a species of particular concern, the lionfish (Pterois volitans), was spotted at Bloody Bay.

    The Lionfish project in Little Cayman is a collaboration between the University of Florida and CCMI. The focus of this project is to document the effectiveness of the community-based lionfish removal effort. The methodology includes native fish surveys, diet analysis and catch per unit effort (CPUE) analysis. This multi-lateral approach will help us determine whether lionfish removal efforts can positively impact (and protect) our reefs.

    Find out more about our lionfish culling research