CARMABI Research Station
To facilitate ecological research CARMABI, originally short for the Caribbean Marine Biological Institute was founded in 1955 and has remained the largest field station in the Southern Caribbean. 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 number of visiting scientists has been increasing in recent years which prompted the construction of a new water-side building with lab facilities and dormitories for up to 30 people. Researchers or students that want to study Caribbean coral reefs, terrestrial systems or geology can now use these facilities for their science projects. The institute is currently visited by approx. 250 scientists a year for research purposes and by various universities for courses related to coral reef ecology. This website overviews some of the possibilities that now exist for conducting fieldwork or teaching classes in Curacao. To explore the possibilities for your fieldwork or classes use the pull-down tabs on little blue crosses on the left. Didn’t find what you were hoping to find, shoot us an email with your questions so we can see how we might be able to help.
Predictions for coral spawning events in the Southern Caribbean for 2021
Based on last year’s surveys, a prediction is now available of expected times and dates that some of the more abundant Caribbean coral species will release the next generation of corals during the annual coral spawning. The dates are only applicable to the Southern Caribbean. Be aware that the coral spawning remains difficult to predict and that this schedule of estimated spawning times provides no guarantees. To see the 2021-spawning prediction for the Southern Caribbean, click this link to download a pdf version of the 2021 coral spawning schedule.
Report on the state of Curacao’s reefs (2017) Results and recommendations of the reef surveys conducted in 2015 by the Waitt Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Carmabi and many others. This report (~6Mb) overviews the state of reefs (fish, coral abundance, water quality etc.) along 140+ sites around Curacao, including Klein Curacao and the North shore and overviews the relevance and potential impact of invasive species, climate change etc. on the island’s marine ecosystems……
Free download of the handbook for Caribbean coral reef managers. This book represents 5 years work by more than 50 researchers as part of the EU-funded project, FORCE (Future of Reefs in a Changing Environment). But the book is not a showcase for the project; an attempt has been made to synthesize much of the natural and social science that is relevant to managing reefs today. Managers from around the region contributed actively to the content and the way it was presented, which is intended to be as accessible as possible. It is a big download (75Mb) so it can be downloaded in two parts here: part 1 and part 2