Coral nursery project in Little Cayman: enhancing resilience and natural capacity of coral reefs in the UKOTs
Central Caribbean Marine Institute
Host Country Institutions:
Gov of Cayman Islands
CCMI’s project aims to improve the biological diversity and architectural structure of the UKOTs’ reefs by establishing the first coral nursery in the Cayman Islands. This conservation project will directly improve the health of the reef ecosystem by multiplying the current wild coral population, providing high-quality habitats for an abundance of fish and invertebrates and seeking new methods to adapt to climate change impacts. By developing local knowledge and capacity, this project aims to establish coral gardening as a viable conservation practice and will develop an outplanting strategy that considers the effects of Ocean Acidification on the local environment.