The Perry Institute for Marine Science is a not-for-profit organization based in Jupiter, Florida. We are committed to protecting our oceans through research and education that both inform the public and encourage action, ultimately improving the understanding and stewardship of our oceans in the wider Caribbean region and around the world.
Research and Education
Scientists come from around the globe to explore marine life in the Caribbean's most pristine underwater habitat. The research we conduct is focused on Marine Protected Areas, fisheries, corals, coastal ecosystems, and threatened marine species (link to Nassau Grouper). We use the information we gather in a variety of educational programs. These programs focus on enhancing awareness of the condition of our oceans, working with governments to develop management strategies and improve decision-making, and educating the next generation of marine scientists. (link to corresponding pages in "Research-Areas of Focus", "Research Spotlight" and "Education Spotlight")
Caribbean Marine Research Center
At the Perry Institute for Marine Science, you'll find the Caribbean Marine Research Center. The Caribbean Marine Research Center is one of six national centers designated by the United States government that support undersea research and scientific exploration through NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP). NURP projects provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with the information they need to protect and manage America's living marine and coastal resources.
Scientists and researchers at the Caribbean Marine Research Center focus on key issues and conservation needs of the wider Caribbean through NOAA's Undersea Research Program (NURP) projects, internal science programs, and partnerships with visiting researchers.
John H. Perry Jr., Caribbean Research Center
Our research center on Lee Stocking Island is located in a remote area of the Exuma Cays, and it provides the ideal environment to observe, study, educate and inspire. The location was selected as a long-term research site and field station for two reasons - its proximity to the U.S. and the incredible variety of untouched marine habitats that surround the island. Scientists can take a 10-minute boat ride east to explore deep-water sea life off the Exuma Sound, where the ocean floor plunges 3,000 feet, or a 10-minute boat ride west to the shallow-water ecosystems of patch reefs.
The laboratory is one of the largest and most productive science field stations in the entire Caribbean region. And the field station is highly regarded by the most esteemed research institutions in the U.S. and abroad.