DoE offers cash to divers in fatal coral disease fight

| 06/04/2021 | 2 Comments
Cayman News Service
DoE staff removing diseased coral (Photo courtesy of the DoE)

(CNS): The Department of Environment (DoE) is looking for divers who can help them in the national response to the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). With this disease impacting over 20 species of reef-building corals on local reefs, the department needs qualified divers to apply topical antibiotics and where necessary remove infected corals. The work is short-term and requires a commitment of at least three days per week. While there are no benefits with the short-term contract, divers will be paid CI$75 per day. SCUBA certified divemasters or above or those with 500+ dives are asked to contact the DoE as soon as possible to start on this critical work.

Having received approval from the ministry responsible for the environment to offer several short-term, 6-month service contracts, the DoE said applicants need to have their own dive and health insurance and the ability to learn to identify coral species and coral diseases, preparation and application of experimental topical antibiotics, and removal and care of coral.

Preference will be given to Cayman divers who can lift dive tanks and similar weights and are able to work seven and a half hours on the water and those with experience and training with the DoE in responding to SCTLD. People with an academic and practical marine sciences background and the ability to identify coral species are also encouraged to apply.

Email by 17 April

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Seriously,$75 a day to save the coral that brings in our tourist and supports our marine life. The pay should be double at $150 . Pay these guys and girls to save the reef.

    • Anonymous says:

      The three days per week commitment is too much. I would like to help, but I have a full time job.

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