“The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”
Many of us were inspired to explore the ocean at a very young age thanks to virtual experiences. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau inspired generations of conservationists. Our children may have an affinity to the ocean thanks to Disney’s Finding Nemo or through the BBC’s Planet Ocean series. No doubt, many have fallen in love with the ocean as a result of virtual experiences.
If you believe that we protect what we love, then time is running out to support the extraordinary programs at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
CCMI is committed to all aspects of marine research and conservation. To see our current special projects that need your help click the "Donate" button above, or click on the Donate Now button here to make a contribution.
There is no better time to cast a spell and make a tax deductible contribution then now!
REASONS TO CONTRIBUTE
CCMI is working to understand what is causing the decline in the health of our reefs and what might contribute to more resilient reefs. Our goal is to establish the best protective strategies and promote realistic solutions that will reduce the major threats by humans so that reefs can weather the stresses caused by global warming and climate change. In addition, we aim to communicate any knowledge gained to both public and private entities in order to facilitate the changes that will reduce decline on reefs. In doing so, we aim to become "the" center of excellence for climate change and coral reef stress.
LITTLE CAYMAN RESEARCH CENTER
We have built the Little Cayman Research Center (LCRC) as a research and training facility. Its location is important as a demonstration site for coral reef resilience and as a reference site for scientists working on coral reefs with low human impact.
CCMI and visiting scientists are revealing new species and higher biodiversity than previously known on our reefs. Our work is also showing that, while adult corals have been reduced by 40%, juvenile corals of every major species important on Caribbean reefs are also re-populating the reefs. In addition, we have documented that a deadly disease called "White Plague" is the leading cause of mortality of corals in the region. Finally, as part of our NOAA partnership, we have invested in an ICON ocean observatory to better understand how changing climate is recorded in tropical oceans.
CCMI provides a variety of school, undergraduate, graduate and professional marine ecology and conservation field-oriented education. These programmes allow students to gain a better understanding of critical issues facing tropical marine ecosystems and are aimed at improving our youth, community and visitors' appreciation and understanding of marine conservation issues.