The Lost 4th Island
Surveying seamounts in Cayman Island with CCMI
Looking for a unique and adventurous experience that also supports marine research? Join Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, PHD on a journey to survey two unexplored offshore seamounts and nearshore deep reefs in the Cayman Islands.
WHY IS THIS RESEARCH IMPORTANT ?
Our aim is to uncover the biodiversity of benthic and pelagic communities using cutting-edge technologies, such as in-situ surveys, photogrammetry, benthic mapping, and genetic analyses.
Why is this important? Coral reef systems are biodiversity hotspots and provide benefits to millions, however, they face threats from overfishing and climate change, particularly nearshore. Offshore seamounts are critical stepping-stones shaping the biogeography of many species but are increasingly targeted for fishing detrimentally impacting their communities.
But this isn’t just an opportunity to contribute to scientific research. Imagine turning your super yacht into an exploration vessel and immersing yourself in seamount surveys. You’ll have the chance to learn from some of the most experienced deep sea divers in the Caribbean and witness first-hand the stunning diversity of these ecosystems. And with 2-6 days available, you can easily fit this adventure into your itinerary while visiting Granwwd Cayman.
Join us on this exciting journey and be a part of the effort to protect our oceans for future generations. Contact us now to learn more about this unique opportunity.
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, 12-Mile Bank, Pickle Bank
Available all year round
Dr. Goodbody-Gringley, Director of Research and Education at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute