Registration is now open for the Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp taking place this July.

Held at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s picturesque Sunset Cove facility, the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball camp accepts high school students aged 14-18.

Two sessions run from July 2-8 and from July 23-29, with a maximum of 12 students per session and admission for qualified students with good academic standing on a first-come first-served basis.

The program, which is open to Cayman residents as well as international students, promises action-packed fun for young people with an interest in tropical marine ecology and conservation. Learning about fish, coral and other marine life, campers will attend lessons and have the chance to interact with marine ecology experts, such as researchers and resident graduate students.

The setting on Little Cayman’s south sound allows easy access to mangroves and Owen Island, an uninhabited islet.

Campers will spend their time exploring Little Cayman’s marine environment and terrestrial habitats. A full schedule each day of field trips, lectures and fun educational activities will give them the skills to identify most common Caribbean fish species, and the opportunity to gain first-hand experience with the Institute’s coral nursery, to dissect invasive lionfish, and become familiar with coral reef ecology and threats.

Campers do not need to have dive experience, but those planning to dive must arrive already scuba-certified.

Camper accommodations at Sunset Cove include en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

Camp fees include room, three meals a day, pickup and return to Little Cayman airport, and all field trips and diving. The cost for international campers is US$1,900. Cayman Island residents are eligible for scholarships for up to 65 percent of camp costs.

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TOP PHOTO: The Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp will be held at Sunset Cove.