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More mangroves illegally cleared

More mangroves illegally cleared

| 05/03/2020 | 93 Comments

(CNS): Despite continued calls from the Department of Environment to stop the clearance of mangroves on sites without planning permission, developers are still ripping up these critical species. The Central Planning Authority considered an application for after-the-fact land clearance in Prospect on Wednesday, after a developer removed several acres of mangroves, which were part of […]

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Conservation officer injured by suspect poachers

Conservation officer injured by suspect poachers

| 07/11/2019

(CNS): A senior conservation officer from the Department of Environment was injured on Tuesday when he was assaulted by suspected poachers in the Gun Bay area of East End. The officer sustained a head injury as he moved to arrest two men, who were believed to be taking conch, not only over and above the […]

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Suspect turtle poachers arrested

Suspect turtle poachers arrested

| 27/08/2019

(CNS): Two men were arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of poaching and drug offences after police and customs found a green turtle shell and meat during a raid at a West Bay home. RCIPS and Customs and Border Control officers carried out a joint operation at a house on Up The Hill Road, where they […]

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Marine offences increase over 60%

Marine offences increase over 60%

| 08/05/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): As the Cayman Islands awaits the promised expansion of its marine park laws, the police have revealed that marine offences increased by 62% last year when compared to 2017. Although the police do not routinely record animal-related offences in their annual statistics, because of an increase in public interest surrounding these types of crimes […]

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CBC and DoE round up island-hopping poachers

CBC and DoE round up island-hopping poachers

| 05/02/2019 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Customs and Border Control Agency officers, assisted by Department of Environment conservation officers, recently netted several suspected poachers at Owen Roberts airport on their return from fishing trips to the Sister Islands. The DoE is warning people taking lobster and conch to stick to the take limits, as set out under the National Conservation Law […]

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Poachers undermine conservation efforts

Poachers undermine conservation efforts

| 18/09/2018 | 66 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment recovered dozens of illegal conch and lobsters taken out of season from the Barkers area on Sunday, which were donated to the Pines Retirement Home. The poached catch was seized following an operation in West Bay by DoE conservation officers, who recovered 43 conch and seven lobsters that were illegally taken […]

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Couple arrested over ganja and whelks

Couple arrested over ganja and whelks

| 17/09/2018 | 0 Comments

(CNS): A 35-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman from Bodden Town were arrested on Thursday morning after police found a number of jars of ganja in their truck as well as a bag of whelks during a search at the Kaibo Public Beach in North Side. Marine officers from the Department of Environment began the search because […]

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Battle against turtle poaching continues

Battle against turtle poaching continues

| 23/07/2018 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Following news that poachers made off with a wild turtle that had been nesting on Barkers Beach last week, the Department of Environment has confirmed that they managed to save another turtle on Seven Mile Beach that poachers had flipped on its back in the early hours of 11 July, thanks to the vigilance […]

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DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

| 22/08/2017 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Two of the Department of Environment’s (DoE) conservation officers were in action again last week saving a female green sea turtle from poachers. The turtle was discovered by Chadd Bush tied up on her back in the bushes in the Sand Hole area of West Bay, on Wednesday night, the DoE stated. It appears […]

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Poacher told court he acted out of hunger

Poacher told court he acted out of hunger

| 03/05/2017 | 80 Comments

(CNS): A West Bay man was sentenced Wednesday to 120 days in jail after admitting a number of marine offences, including taking more than 80 conch and one lobster out of season. Hank Ebanks said he was hungry and needed to pay his utility bills. He told the court that he knew it was against […]

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Missing poachers arrested after JMU and DoE chase

Missing poachers arrested after JMU and DoE chase

| 14/03/2017 | 94 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED TUESDAY: The RCIPS has confirmed that two suspect poachers have been found and arrested. Yesterday, the police said officers from the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit and the Department of Environment had tracked a group of suspected poachers aboard a canoe Monday, but the men went missing. The RCIPS appealed to the public to […]

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