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Places offered in young environmentalist course

For the ninth year, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute is offering its Young Environmentalist Leadership Course for students ages 15-19.

CCMI appoints director of research

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has appointed Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley as its director of research.

CCMI reef lecture stresses coral health

The year’s first lecture in the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s ‘healthy reefs’ campaign focussed on the importance of sustaining the reefs, as well as difference types of coral growth.

CCMI launching healthy reefs campaign

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is launching a year-long ‘We Need Healthy Reefs’ campaign, beginning with a free lecture at the National Gallery in Grand Cayman on Tuesday, 21 Jan.

The promise of repairing our reefs

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is responding to the letter sent to the Cayman Islands media on 22 Nov. by Polaris Applied Sciences, questioning the information in the presentation that was made by CCMI President Dr. Carrie Manfrino, at the Cayman Port Referendum launch on 21 Nov.

Port opponents kick off campaign with rally

A crowd of more than 200 people filled much of Celebration Park in downtown George Town Wednesday night as the Cayman Port Referendum group held its first rally in the runup to the 19 Dec. vote.

CCMI: No evidence scientists can recreate a reef

Research labs, including our own at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, have made great progress in improving the ‘fitness’ of corals so they are more resilient. While there has been enormous progress, the scientific knowledge needed to regrow a coral reef is still is in its infancy.

Verdant Isle outlines coral relocation plan

Piece by piece, section by section, scientists for Verdant Isle claim they can relocate some of the coral reef impacted by the planned cruise...

Scientists urge caution over coral relocation

Coral relocation can help alleviate some impacts of dredging but moving an entire ecosystem is “impossible”, according to Cayman’s research centre, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
A view of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman

Government: ‘No evidence’ port will impact beach

Government has issued a detailed rebuttal countering claims from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute that the planned cruise port development will impact Seven Mile Beach.

Scientists warn port project will impact Seven Mile Beach

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has urged Cayman to “consider the long lasting impacts” of the cruise port development and warned it will affect Seven Mile Beach.

Voting begins for CCMI People’s Choice Awards

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is inviting members of the public to vote for its People’s Choice Awards.

‘Citizen scientists’ invited to survey Little Cayman coral

The story of Little Cayman’s coral population is one of survival. Much like reefs elsewhere, rising water temperatures, increasingly acidic oceans and other man-made factors have placed this ecosystem under immense stress.

CCMI invites marathon runners to help coral reefs

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is inviting runners and walkers in this year’s Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon to help save local coral reefs.

Brexit could impact environmental funding for Cayman

Grant funding for important environmental projects in the Cayman Islands and other British Overseas Territories may be impacted by Britain’s exit from the European Union.

Coral reef restoration research gets charitable boost

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has received a US$68,000 donation from the AALL foundation to support its coral restoration field work.

CCMI seeks nominations for People’s Choice Award

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is now accepting nominations for its second annual People’s Choice Award, which recognises the efforts of members of the community in maintaining the health of the oceans and coral reefs.

Lecturer wants input on rebuilding local reefs

Researcher Claire Dell, of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, will deliver the latest in the institute’s Reef Lecture series at 5:45pm Tuesday, 25 June, at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

Marine Institute focusses on healthy reefs

World Oceans Day is celebrated across the globe on 8 June each year and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute is bringing the festivities to Cayman again in 2019.

Public challenged to help local reefs

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is introducing the Healthy Reefs Challenge to involve community members in helping protect and preserve coral reefs.

Nature’s dangerous decline: 1 million species facing extinction

A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.

Cayman may be spot of hope in coral survival

Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, a scientist with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences who visited the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in Little Cayman for several days recently, said the islands’ reefs have fared better than some other places in the Caribbean and around the world when it comes to coral health.

Appleby selects beneficiaries at charity day

Appleby (Cayman) Ltd. announced seven organisations that were selected as beneficiaries at the firm’s 2019 Charity Day.

Deep water reefs may help in coral survival

A deep-water coral expert from Bermuda will present the next in a series of lectures sponsored by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Thursday, April 25, at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

Prince’s call to action on environment

Prince Charles has urged the Cayman Islands to help “lead the world” in the global fight against climate change and other environmental threats.

‘Reefs Go Live’ ready to go live soon

Year 5 and 6 students will get direct insight into what’s under the water off the shores of the Cayman Islands as a second year of “Reefs Go Live” is presented by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

CCMI: Cayman reefs in fair health

The Cayman Islands’ coral reefs are in fair condition according to a recent survey by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. They actually earned a “fair-plus,” which is a middle-of-the-road rating on a scale that runs from very good to critical.

Study shows health of Cayman reefs declining

A new report conducted by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute indicates that overall coral health and coral size have significantly decreased in Grand Cayman waters over the last 20 years.

CML and Nova make Christmas donations to Cayman charities

Instead of giving Christmas gifts to clients, recruitment agencies CML and Nova this year decided to donate money to charity.

Governor tours Sister Islands

New governor Martyn Roper and his wife Elisabeth spent their first weekend in the Cayman Islands exploring Little Cayman and Cayman Brac.

Champions of the sea honored at gala

Cayman’s ocean warriors were out in force Saturday night at the annual Festival of Seas gala, hosted by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Cousteau highlights fight to save corals

For Alexandra Cousteau there could never have been any other calling. The filmmaker, explorer and environmental activist has followed in the footsteps of her famous father and grandfather to emerge as an advocate for the world’s oceans.

Festival of Seas gala makes a splash for CCMI

With the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea and the elegant ambiance that defines Grand Old House as a true Cayman favorite, the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) will be going all out for the Festival of Seas Awards and Gala on Saturday.

Alexandra Cousteau to speak at CCMI annual awards gala

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute announced that the keynote speaker at its annual Festival of Seas awards gala in November will be filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

CCMI offers academic scholarships for teenagers interested in ocean science

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is investing in the future.
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Six nominated for environmental award

Six community heroes who have worked to protect and preserve the marine environment have been nominated for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s People’s Choice Award.

Hi-tech ocean buoy aids reef research

A state-of-the-art oceanographic buoy has been installed in Little Cayman, providing real-time data on marine and weather conditions through an interlinked cellphone app.

KidFest, Cousteau film geared towards families

On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., families can head to Pedro St. James for live entertainment, games and refreshments, all in the spirit of raising money for the Cayman Heart Fund’s Hart For Hearts branch.

Marine institute tops charity drive donations

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute grabbed the most social media support during the seventh annual Island Heritage CharityDrive, and received a $5,000 bonus in addition to $10,000 raised in “drive by” donations.

CharityDrive gets under way

Whether they know it or not, drivers passing through the Island Heritage Roundabout on Esterley Tibbetts Highway between now and Thursday, May 31, will be earning money for one of three charities.

Celebrating the oceans

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is holding two events at Camana Bay next month to mark the annual World Oceans Day.

Primary students take on marine challenge

Children at Cayman’s public primary schools are being challenged to show their creativity to win a class field trip to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman.

Appleby awards funds to nonprofits following its annual Charity Day

Appleby held its fifth annual Charity Day and selected nine nonprofit organizations in child and family welfare, education and animal welfare to receive financial assistance.

CCMI introduces new Ocean Awards

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is introducing a series of awards as part of its 20th anniversary.

‘Reefs Go Live’ at National Gallery

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is hosting an interactive virtual reality experience called “Reefs Go Live” at the Cayman Islands National Gallery on Saturday.

Brewery and marine institute team up for coral conservation

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute has partnered with the Cayman Islands Brewery to promote a “Zero Impact” on local coral reefs initiative.

Lionfish study expands amid positive results

Lionfish are being hunted by native predators on Cayman’s reefs at much greater rates than previously imagined – an encouraging sign that nature may provide a solution to the problem of invasive species.

Cayman’s marathon man makes final push for CCMI

Between active volcanoes in Guatemala and reckless drivers in Cayman, marathon runner Derek Haines faced some close encounters this year.

Local athletes to go the distance for CCMI

With the fall race season in full swing, two local athletes, Rotarians Chris Bailey and Derek Haines, are making final preparations to go the distance for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Research vessel Alucia calls in on Sister Islands

A 184-foot-long research and exploration vessel, complete with submersibles capable of reaching depths of more than half a mile, called in to the Sister Islands this week.

Weekender Spotlight

Weekender Editor Vicki Wheaton gives the latest on upcoming fundraisers and other events on Cayman's social calendar.

Festival of Seas at Kaibo

Help save the sea while enjoying spectacular views under the stars at the Festival of Seas Beach Ball on Sept. 30. For the first time, the evening will be hosted at the picturesque Kaibo Yacht Club and will help raise money for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Little Cayman coral spawning proves restoration potential

Muffled shouts of glee bubbled through dive masks in Little Cayman as scientists witnessed a spectacular display of viability by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s coral nursery. For the first time since its establishment, the nursery’s staghorn and elkhorn coral synchronously spawned in late August.

Derek Haines triumphs in another marathon

Intrepid distance runner Derek Haines took a spill for a good cause last weekend, when the 68-year-old fell and injured his ankle and hip in San Francisco while competing in his 47th marathon.

Researchers dodge sharks to tag lionfish

Researchers at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute have surgically tagged 21 lionfish in a unique project to track the movements of the invasive predators on Little Cayman’s reefs.

Haines conquers volcano despite rain, mudslides

Heavy rain, mudslides and the threat of hot lava did not stop Cayman athlete Derek Haines from fulfilling his promise to climb two volcanoes in Guatemala for charity. Mr. Haines took on the “Volcanoes and Marathons” challenge this year with the mission of climbing the volcanoes and running three marathons to raise $50,000 for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. He is now halfway toward his fundraising effort to support CCMI’s interactive classroom initiative, “Reefs-Go-Live.”

Diving helps US veterans find relief from pain, depression

As a group, they have been to Cayman a handful of times, but every trip is new, bringing wounded U.S. military veterans to dive at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers. The latest weeklong trip started June 17 with a dozen veterans, suffering from back injuries, chronic pain, depression as part of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Haines to climb two volcanoes

Cayman’s star marathon runner Derek Haines jetted off to Guatemala Thursday to take on his next athletic feat for charity, after a proper send-off from the Central Caribbean Marine Institute and Governor Helen Kilpatrick at Government House.

Leadership Cayman gains ‘Sister Islands Perspective’

The Leadership Cayman class made its annual trip to the Brac and Little Cayman recently for a “Sister Islands Perspective” seminar. Arriving on the Brac on June 9, the class toured the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport before heading to the Le Soleil d’Or resort, where they visited the property’s 20-acre organic farm and ate lunch.

Professor sheds light on plant biology

Dr. Martina Königer, adjunct assistant professor of biological sciences at Wellesley College in the U.S. spoke on Monday at the Southern Cross Club as a guest lecturer in a recurring Reef Lecture Series, organized by the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Parrotfish study under way in Cayman

A $650,000 three-year study to help determine which fish are most important to the health and survival of coral reefs has been launched in the Cayman Islands.

Historic meeting for marine institutes

A meeting between marine research institutes from the Cayman Islands and Bermuda last month signals an alliance that has the potential to benefit the entire Caribbean region, according to the organizations.

Haines to climb two volcanoes to benefit Central Caribbean Marine Institute

Veteran marathon competitor Derek Haines will be running three races and climbing two volcanoes this year to benefit the Central Caribbean Marine Institute.

Anonymous $500K gift for reef research in Little Cayman

Little Cayman’s marine research center has received a major boost in the form of an anonymous US$500,000 donation to support its research on coral reefs. Unusually, the donor asked for no publicity of its large cash gift, requesting that the focus be placed on the work being done at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. Carrie Manfrino, president and director of research and conservation at CCMI, said large donations of that kind were the “life blood” of nonprofit organizations.

Interns get crash course in coral reef ecology at CCMI

For the past two weeks, a diverse group of 13 international interns had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the work of the Central Caribbean Marine Institute. From Jan. 2-15, the college-level interns took part in a crash course in coral reef ecology and underwater field research methods.

Science class beneath the waves

Little Cayman’s marine research center aims to take classrooms under the water in a new initiative that will allow scientists to broadcast lessons to classrooms around the world from beneath the waves.

Festival of Seas chooses nautical theme

The Central Caribbean Marine Institute’s annual Festival of Seas, a celebration of the extensive research and education work the organization undertakes, is set for Dec. 3 at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, boosted by the support of a local law firm and with the theme “Mermaids and Sailors.”

Governor awards conservationists

Bird field guide author Patricia Bradley was awarded the title of “Conservationist of the Year” in the 2016 Governor’s Conservation Awards. Ms. Bradley, author of three field guides and a British Ornithologists’ Union checklist, was given the award for her contributions to Caribbean ornithology.

Renovations at CCMI making room for more visitors

It might be the off-season for the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, but things are far from quiet. The sounds of hammers, saws and grinders have replaced the laughter, lectures and sounds of children and researchers at the Marine Institute.

War veterans to be Cayman eco-warriors

U.S. war veterans will be retrained as eco-warriors in the Cayman Islands in a new nonprofit venture.

Sea Camp on Little Cayman brings out the fun in science

Fun, sun, sand and science all came together for a memorable experience for young people who attended the Edmund and Virginia Ball Foundation Caribbean Marine Ecology Camp.

CCMI seeks grant to continue lionfish studies

Little Cayman’s marine research center has suspended its lionfish tagging program while it waits to see if it will get grant money to continue its groundbreaking research on the invasive species.

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