Today’s Editorial March 13: Sea Camp perfect summer venue

Summer is just around the corner and that means that moms and dads will be looking for things to keep their children occupied.

May we suggest the Caribbean Sea Camp at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute?

Those who read last Friday’s edition of the Caymanian Compass will remember a small article about the sea camp for teens from 14-18.

Campers must be interested in marine biology and conservation, things that everyone living on an island should be concerned about.

It is so important that we teach our children now about the water world around us and its conservation.

The program’s mission is to improve our youth’s appreciation and understanding of the human connection to the marine environment.

Through investigating endangered species such as sea turtles, coral reef communities, and fish populations, students grow to better understand major conservation issues facing the earth today.

The camp will be held at CCMI on Little Cayman where students will SCUBA dive and snorkel with scientists and experienced instructors. SCUBA certification is not required.

While learning, the kids will also have fun doing things like the CCMI Reef Relay and finding out why Bloody Bay is called by that name.

There will be several summer camps on offer this year, but we believe the one at CCMI is vitally important to our children and future generations.

It is in everyone’s interest that we learn as much as we can individually about how to protect our environment in the Cayman Islands; and not just for tourists.

Sure, they flock to our shores to take in our sandy beaches and beautiful waters. They’re also drawn by our coral reefs, Sandbar and Stingray City.

It is important that we keep those things preserved for future tourism, but we also have to practice marine conservation so future generations of Caymanians will have a place to play and fish as their forefathers did.

The focus of this year’s camp will be on healthy coral reefs, which are habitats for food species and act as barriers that protect our coasts from erosion.

Reefs also contribute to the white sand on our beaches and they’re great places for swimming and diving.

They also need all the protection we can give them.

Registration for the sea camp is going on this month and April.

Companies can also get in on the act by sponsoring campers.

More details about the camp and possible sponsorships can be found at CCMI’s website, www.reefresearch.org or by emailing [email protected]

Summer may seem a long way off when Easter hasn’t even arrived, but it’s time to start making summertime plans.

Through investigating endangered species such as sea turtles, coral reef communities, and fish populations, students grow to better understand major conservation issues facing the earth today.

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