Member Type Non Governmental Organization

Central Caribbean Marine Institute



Dr. Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley
Director of Research and Education
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Kate Holden
Director of Advancement
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Beth Chafin
Science Communications and Development Manager
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The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) maintains a growing marine research and education facility with a resident team of staff based in Little Cayman in the Cayman Islands. CCMI was founded as a nonprofit in 1998 and is a US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (ID# 22-3609293, a UK charity (#1104009) and Cayman Islands nonprofit (NP-03). To deliver our mission, we also have a range of outstanding international partnerships and collaborators, all with a clear, simplistic goal to protect oceans for the future.

Our vision is a world with vibrant oceans and healthy coral reefs.

We will make this vision a reality by undertaking cutting edge, impactful research and transforming this research into conservation and education initiatives which will serve to bridge the gap between knowledge and action. Our goal is to become the Caribbean’s premier marine research institute, discovering real solutions to declining ocean health.

CCMI’s Mission

CCMI is dedicated to conducting and facilitating research, education, and outreach that will sustain marine diversity for future generations.


CCMI has a mission to be a leading research facility in the Caribbean, focusing on the adaptation and resilience of coral reefs. Our research team conducts state-of-the-art experimental research, as well as 20+ years of monitoring and observational studies, to understand how coral ecosystems respond and evolve in the face of climate change.


Using our understanding of coral biology, CCMI maintains one of longest running coral restoration research programmes in the region. We develop empirically verified methods to ensure successful, complex restoration can boost wild coral populations and promote biodiversity on coral reef ecosystems, helping to restore populations of threatened coral species across the Cayman Islands.

Education & Outreach

CCMI takes current research findings and pairs it with immersive and engaging education and outreach initiatives, bridging the gap between research and education. We provide a range of learning and training opportunities for local and international students. We are inclusive, diverse, cutting-edge and ocean loving people who want to create a brighter future for oceans via partnerships, collaborations and communication.

Related website:

Reef Research

Last Updated: 21 April 2022