The Shackleton Initiative Marine Research Centre (SIMRC) is a Trinidad and Tobago non profit corporation focused on research, development, and educational outreach.
SIMRC’s objective is to be a trend setter in global marine science research and to share our concept of “science tourism” as a sustainable solution to different marine economies. Through using our proprietary techniques we aspire to setup other research stations through this turnkey process that will stimulate the local economy and work towards coral reef restoration. The SIMRC is the first location to utilize this technique and our findings will be published at various increments to document our advancements.
The SIMRC is part of a development located in the village of Buccoo, Tobago on the ancestral land of Sullivan Dillon and his children. Mr. Dillon was one of the first conservationists in Tobago going back to the 1930s and advocated for fisherfolk to be the stewards of the sea. As such, his children have instilled this same values into our generation. As executive director of SIMRC, I am proud to have this heritage as part of my family and look forward to carrying on this tradition for our future generations.
Please support our efforts by visiting us for a Dive and Stay package or donating directly to our ongoing research into coral reef restoration.
Board Members of The Shackleton Initiative
Lt Cdr Curtis Roach (retired) - Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard
Dr. Sekou Remy, PhD - IBM
Dr. Andrew Ross, PhD - Seascapes Caribbean
Dr. Nia Foderingham, MD - Advisor
Dr. Gaston Foderingham, MD - Advisor
Allen Redhead - Advisor
R. John Grubb II, JD - Advisor
Dr. Mark Tupper, PhD - University of Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Reia Guppy, PhD - University of Trinidad & Tobago
Charlton Shackleton - Executive Director
Alvin “Big Dougie” Douglas - Dive Master
Shivonne Peters - Volunteer
Jevon Watson - Photographer