OceanExpert ID : 12496
Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology.
(Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology.)
P.O. Box 944
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+1 43 2252 89706
Prior to the founding of ITME by SCC Steiner in 1999, Dominica's marine environments remained virtually unsurveyed. After the first wave of studies, as part of the Bredin-Archbold-Smithsonian Biological Survey of Dominica during the 1960s and 70s, scientific investigation practically ceased until ITME's operations commenced. In accordance with its mission ("...biological investigation of tropical marine environments in regions where such activities have not been carried out, only marginally, or not in recent times. ...generate and compile environmental data ...make them widely accessible."), the Institute for Tropical Marine Ecology set out to explore Dominica's coastal benthic environments. This endeavor has reintroduced Dominica to the marine science community (reports), paving the way for future marine science projects. ITME's quest has also led to the construction of Dominica's first and so far only publicly accessible database on the island's marine habitats.