Every year, CCMI works hard to understand our coral reefs and the role humans have in protecting and conserving these natural resources for generations to come. However, we could not do this on our own, and CCMI wants to show what an incredible network of support we have in conducting the critical research on our reefs and in educating our students and the general public alike. As they say, ‘it takes a village’. This could not be a truer statement when it comes to the work we are entrusted with in learning about and protecting our coral reefs.

To mark our 20th anniversary, we are introducing awards into the Festival of Seas, a way in which CCMI can recognise and celebrate those who have supported and stood with us, inspired us, and provided us with the tools to carry out the important work we do in the Cayman Islands to improve our oceans’ health and positively impact our coral reefs. These awards will highlight the many contributions of various entities within our communities, all of which help CCMI realise our vision of ‘a world with vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs.’


19 April – 8 July 2018: Nominations open (submissions via email to CCMI)

8 July 2018: Nominees notified by CCMI they have been nominated

15 July 2018: Nominees must confirm acceptance in writing ***Nominations are now closed***

15 July – 15 August 2018: Judging takes place by panel

3 – 9 September 2018: Voting open for People’s Choice Award

20 September 2018: Short list of nominees announced

3 November 2018: CCMI’s Annual Festival of Seas Awards and Gala, in celebration of CCMIs 20th Anniversary


For individuals and organisations interested in supporting CCMI’s ongoing work while honouring those excellent community members who are award nominees and winners, we invite you to consider the various different sponsorship opportunities available.


Headline Sponsor: CI$20,000

Platinum Experience: CI$10,000

Gold Experience: CI$5,000

Silver Experience: CI$2,500

Commemorative Programme Sponsor: CI$7,500





CCMI has been inspired by the Ocean Awards, run in partnership by Boat International and the Blue Marine Foundation. The Ocean Awards have an international reach and since 2015 have included a range of advocates working hard to improve the outlook for our oceans. You can find out more about the Ocean Awards here: https://www.boatinternational.com/luxury-yacht-events/ocean-awards or https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/2018/05/09/2018-ocean-awards/