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Poachers smash police car, escape with nesting turtle

Poachers smash police car, escape with nesting turtle

| 20/07/2018 | 24 Comments
(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that one of their patrol vehicles was damaged in a collision with suspected turtle poachers early Tuesday morning, after they were called to a report of a turtle in distress at Barkers. Police said the call came into them around 6am, and [...]

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DoE working on clearer rules for handling rays

DoE working on clearer rules for handling rays

| 20/07/2018 | 18 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment is currently conducting research with stingray experts that can help them draw up clear and definitive guidelines on how the marine creatures can be safely handled. Following another flurry of posts on social media about the treatment of rays at Stingray City, an [...]

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New seabed map to steer vessels to safety

New seabed map to steer vessels to safety

| 18/07/2018 | 12 Comments
(CNS): Representatives of the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) are currently in the Cayman Islands delivering to the Lands and Survey Department the results of a seabed mapping programme that was undertaken last summer. The new map is expected to improve navigation safety in local waters and ensure th [...]

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Politicians failing on climate change, says UK’s adviser

Politicians failing on climate change, says UK’s adviser

| 16/07/2018 | 49 Comments
(CNS): The British government’s official climate change adviser and the chair of the UK’s Climate Change Committee, Lord Deben (John Gummer), has said politicians and policymakers are failing to rise to the challenge of a rapidly warming planet. Pointing to the mounting evidence and trends, fr [...]

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Kirk Market goes green for the reefs

Kirk Market goes green for the reefs

| 12/07/2018
(Auntie): After an article published this week on CNS about Hawaii banning sunscreen toxic to coral reefs, CNS put out a call to let us know about any retail outlets that stock safe brands. I am glad to share that Kirk Market has a variety of these products for sale, and for that, I am […] [...]

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Turtle hotline saves disoriented loggerhead babies

Turtle hotline saves disoriented loggerhead babies

| 11/07/2018 | 14 Comments
(CNS): An intern at the Department of Environment was able to rescue a number of baby loggerhead turtles in the early hours of Tuesday morning thanks to a report from the public that the tiny turtles were heading the wrong way. At this time of year baby turtles are emerging from their nests all alon [...]

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Hawaii first place to ban toxic sunscreen

Hawaii first place to ban toxic sunscreen

| 10/07/2018 | 19 Comments
(CNS): The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, signed legislation last week prohibiting the sale or distribution of suntan lotions that contain toxic chemicals in the state from 2021, becoming the first place to ban oxybenzone and octinoxate. Researchers say these toxins are linked to widespread coral r [...]

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Marine park expansion under review again

Marine park expansion under review again

| 09/07/2018 | 42 Comments
(CNS): Almost six years after a public consultation made it clear that the people of the Cayman Islands wanted to see the local marine parks enhanced, the environment minister has reportedly asked for another review of the proposals. The Department of the Environment has consulted, reviewed and resh [...]

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Hurricane forms days after experts review forecast

Hurricane forms days after experts review forecast

| 06/07/2018 | 10 Comments
(CNS): Just days after the hurricane experts at Colorado State University revised down their predictions for this hurricane season in the Atlantic, the first one swirled into existence 1,140 miles east-southeast of the Lesser Antilles in the early hours of Friday morning. Hurricane Beryl is moving w [...]

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Public support needed for mangroves

Public support needed for mangroves

| 05/07/2018 | 53 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment is continuing its battle to conserve what is left of the Cayman Islands’ natural resources and is turning its attention to mangroves. Despite the challenges the DoE faces with a minister who openly admitted in Finance Committee this week that he does not pr [...]

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UK unveils new hurricane support plans for BOTs

UK unveils new hurricane support plans for BOTs

| 05/07/2018 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The British government has revealed a range of new measures to make sure its Caribbean territories have the support they need if there is a repeat of the devastating hurricanes that hit the region last year. The additional measures include the full seasonal deployment of the Royal Navy vessel [...]

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