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Cash from reef destruction funds new moorings

Cash from reef destruction funds new moorings

| 23/05/2017 | 13 Comments
(CNS): Cash received by the government from the settlement it agreed with billionaire Paul Allen after the anchor chain of his yacht crushed a section of coral off Seven Mile Beach last year is now being used to install permanent moorings. Environment Minister Wayne Panton said materials are now be [...]

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Bad weather hinders iguana cull

Bad weather hinders iguana cull

| 22/05/2017 | 30 Comments
(CNS): Just under 1,000 green iguanas were bagged during the first few weeks of the national cull, which was impeded by bad weather. The raffle also failed to attract any amateur participants in the wider cull, which the Department of Environment believes was needed to help support the professiona [...]

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Report delivers stark warning for region

Report delivers stark warning for region

| 17/05/2017 | 24 Comments
(CNS): Much more needs to be done to reduce human pressures on island systems in the Caribbean to make states more resilient to climate change, a new report by a Commonwealth institution has found. The cost of doing nothing about the issues and adapting to the change will rise quickly. It is estimat [...]

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CAL waives change fees in face of Jamaican floods

CAL waives change fees in face of Jamaican floods

| 16/05/2017 | 6 Comments
(CNS): Passengers with Cayman Airways tickets to fly to Jamaica tonight, tomorrow or Thursday will be able to change those flights without incurring change fees, the airline said Tuesday in the face of flood warnings. The Jamaican authorities have issued flash flood warnings for low-lying areas acro [...]

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CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade

CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade

| 16/05/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS): International trade that involves the legitimate use of certain animal and plant species can continue without the fear of suspension, now that Cayman’s legislation protecting the environment has been rated fully compliant with all international standards regarding the Convention on Internat [...]

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Trust urges bat removal ahead of new arrivals

Trust urges bat removal ahead of new arrivals

| 10/05/2017 | 8 Comments
(CNS): With bat pup season about to start, the National Trust for the Cayman Islands is urging people who want to remove bats from their roofs to do it before the new arrivals at the end of this month. According to local bat experts, people can check for bats in their buildings by standing outside [ [...]

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Imports undermining local lionfish attack

Imports undermining local lionfish attack

| 08/05/2017 | 27 Comments
(CNS): A local non-profit organisation that has been helping in the fight to remove lionfish from Cayman’s reefs over the last six years is urging the National Conservation Council to recommend a ban on restaurants importing the meat because, they say, it is counter productive. Cayman United Lionf [...]

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Volunteers take on Brac green iguana cull

Volunteers take on Brac green iguana cull

| 04/05/2017 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment is taking a different approach on culling the pesky green iguanas on Cayman Brac to the one on Grand Cayman, after an intense cull on the Sister Island made a dent on the newly emerging population. Volunteers have agreed to work on suppressing the invasive specie [...]

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Huge support for land conservation

Huge support for land conservation

| 03/05/2017 | 31 Comments
(CNS): A  survey to assess public opinion on designating twelve spots in Grand Cayman and Little Cayman as protected areas under the National Conservation Law has received significant backing from the community. Almost 97% of the people who took part supported the concept of conserving areas of nat [...]

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Cayman gears up for 2017 hurricane season

Cayman gears up for 2017 hurricane season

| 02/05/2017 | 11 Comments
(CNS): Experts are calling for a below average hurricane season in the Atlantic this year when it comes to storms making landfall in our area — but it only takes one to wreak havoc. With one month to go before the official start of the 2017 season, officials in the Cayman Islands are beginning pre [...]

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Cayman marine environment worth near $200M

Cayman marine environment worth near $200M

| 27/04/2017 | 32 Comments
(CNS): The minister with responsibility for the environment has said that initial results from work currently underway by local environmental researchers to assess how much the natural environment is worth to the local economy suggests it is reaching almost $200 million a year – and thats just [...]

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