T-shirts boost research centre

Support for the newly-opened Little Cayman Research Centre is catching on as visitors and residents become familiar with the facility.

The centre, which was developed by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), is a base for scientists to conduct vital research into coral reefs and carry out other studies.

It was opened officially a couple of weeks ago and already has an impressive line-up of international scientists and students due to use its first-class facilities.

Long time visitor and part-time resident of Little Cayman, Jeff Smith, has donated a supply of polo shirts from his North Carolina-based shirt manufacturing company American Cottons to the centre.

On hand to receive the shirts was CCMI’s president Dr. Carrie Manfrino, centre manager, Jon Clamp, and CCMI executive council member Nikki McCoy.

‘We are so grateful for the donation of the shirts to the Little Cayman Research Centre. These will make excellent staff and student shirts, with our logo,’ said Dr. Manfrino.

‘We embrace any opportunity to liaise with the public and familiarise them with our initiatives here and incorporate their support and help as we seek to preserve and learn from this pristine environment.’

Mr. Smith, who first came to the island in 1984 to dive with McCoy’s Lodge, fell in love with the relaxed and tranquil atmosphere and the pristine diving offered on world-renowned Bloody Bay Wall.

He was so mesmerized with the lifestyle that, in 1992, he purchased land on the north side of Little Cayman and built his vacation home, Rock Bottom, in 1994.

Since then Mr. Smith has purchased a condominium at Neptune’s Berth on the south side overlooking Owen Island and continues to visit several times a year with his family.