CCMI adds new manager

The Central Caribbean Marine
Institute has hired Robert Hedges as the new director of operations and field
station manager at Little Cayman’s research centre.

“Rob has hit the ground running and
we are all absolutely thrilled to have him on board at CCMI,” said Samantha
Shaxted, communication and development director at CCMI.

“He is a perfect fit for the job,
which will see him coordinating and hosting local school groups, international
visiting scientists and university classes, and making sure that all aspects of
the research station on Little Cayman are running smoothly,” she said.

He joins two new interns, Morgan
Edwards and Savanna Barry, and Captain Lowell, along with Miss Emily — their
“amazing cook” — on the team in Little Cayman.

Mr. Hedges is originally from
Bedfordshire, England, and was introduced to sea life and study in school.

“I started marine biology at
university. And I started diving,” he said. “Hopefully, I can help out at the
CCMI station and help the Little Cayman research centre become the most recognized
research centre in the region.”

For now, he is focusing on aspects
of education, research and conservation, and spending a lot of time on CCMI’s
ocean literacy programme.

“Our main goal is to have all kids
ocean literate by the age of 12,” he said.

A key component of the CCMI’s
strategy was realised in May 2006 with the opening of the Little Cayman
research centre.

Laboratories, a classroom,
dormitory-style and private rooms, and a sustainable off-the-grid bathhouse
make up the unique research station.

Easy access to the reefs make this
an important new research and education centre for all of the Cayman Islands
and enables programmes like the ocean literacy project to be possible.

“I’m looking forward to the
experiences, the scientific experiences, and I want to see all the different
projects going on,” said Mr. Hedges.

CCMI was established as an
international charitable organization after becoming incorporated in the Cayman
Islands in 2002 and in the UK in 2004.

Since its first years, CCMI has
been an asset to the effort of understanding changing coral reef and tropical
marine environments, and its research and education programs have established a
foundation for future reef education and awareness in the Caribbean, and for
students and researchers from around the world.

Those people
interested in the courses that CCMI offers or simply in touring the facility
please contact [email protected]