CARMABI Research Institute
Nature, both above as below the water, has been intensively studied on Curaçao for more than five decades resulting in a large number of studies and publications. To facilitate this research, CARMABI, short for the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955. In addition to facilitating and conducting research, this field station now plays an important role in advising government and other local organizations on the sustainable use of its natural resources. At present Carmabi runs a Natural Parks program by which it manages several protected areas such as the Christoffel Park (2000 hec2), the Shete Boka Park, known for its nesting turtles and the Curacao Marine Park, spanning 20km of uninhabited shore line. The field station/ still sits at its original, picturesque location at the opening of the Piscaderabay and reefs are found right in front of it. The recently built new research station can now house up to 30 persons and offers modernized dive-facilities (Air/ Nitrox) and acquired new boats. The institute is currently visited by approx. 200 scientists a year for research purposes and by various universities for courses related to coral reef ecology.