In 2023, CCMI will mark 25 years of operations in the Cayman Islands. One of our most important efforts in this time has been our long-term coral monitoring project, which has taken place annually since 1998 on Little Cayman reefs. Through this regular effort, scientists have been able to observe the health and status of these reefs over time, identifying trends in reef health and noticing that Little Cayman reefs demonstrate their resiliency and ability to bounce back to a healthy state after a period of stress.
This work has shown us there is hope for coral reefs for the future, and it has highlighted the urgent need for our ongoing research to understand this resiliency to disease, warming temperatures, changes in the ecosystem composition, and other outside factors that continue to put pressure on local reefs, jeopardizing their long-term survival.
CCMI’s 2023 ‘Healthy Reefs for the Future’ emphasizes the need for swift action that ensures coral reefs can survive beyond the challenges of today.
We have many exciting plans in place for the Healthy Reefs campaign including:
- continuing annual AGRRA survey of coral reefs to add to our 24-years of knowledge of the status of Little Cayman’s reefs – one of the longest running efforts of its kind in the region!
- increased coral reef monitoring in response to disease and changes in ocean activity
- producing our fourth annual Reef Report Card for an update on the Little Cayman reefs
- sharing latest research and findings from the Little Cayman Research Centre with the public through the annual Grand Cayman Reef Lecture Series, Reefs Go Live programmes, educational materials, and fun events that get everyone involved!