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Captains to feed decreasing stingrays

Captains to feed decreasing stingrays

| 24/11/2020 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The tourism ministry and local watersports operators have come together to launch a non-profit Stingray Feeding and Interaction Programme (SFIP) to help stem the declining population at Cayman’s most important tourism attraction. A survey last month by the Guy Harvey Foundation confirmed fears that the number of rays gathering at the Sandbar was falling […]

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Fragments of endangered coral rescued

Fragments of endangered coral rescued

| 26/10/2020 | 8 Comments

(CNS): Researchers at the Department of Environment are hopeful that pieces of endangered pillar coral rescued from areas of reef infected with Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) in the North Sound can be saved. During the rescue mission last week in a heavily infected area by Rum Point, around ten pieces of this rare, […]

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Dangerous coral disease  closes dive sites

Dangerous coral disease closes dive sites

| 19/10/2020 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has closed 45 dive sites, from Delia’s Delight in Cayman Kai across the North Sound to Bear’s Paw near the Gustus Channel, in an effort to contain an outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This latest threat to coral was first spotted in local waters this summer. It […]

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DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

| 07/10/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment’s Turtle Team went into rescue mode Monday, as they worked hard to move turtle eggs in nests that were in the firing line from Tropical Storm (later Hurricane) Delta. Organised by the team leader, Lorri Lamb, the DoE staff and volunteers excavated 18 nests under threat of being washed away […]

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FIN project in breach of planning approval

FIN project in breach of planning approval

| 06/10/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Developers behind the FIN Grand Cayman luxury condominium project appear to be in breach of the conditions relating to their planning approval. The Department of Environment has not received the construction environmental management plan or the operations environmental management plan, both of which the developers were required to submit before any work began on […]

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DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

| 29/09/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): 2020 is a year none of us are likely to forget, and while COVID-19 is indelibly stamped on it, there are some good things to remember too. The Department of Environment’s Turtle Conservation Programme officially recorded the 500th wild sea turtle nest of the season on Tuesday morning, reflecting the efforts of volunteers and […]

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Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

| 28/09/2020 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has posted captivating drone video footage of a pod of orcas about two miles off the coast of East End last week. There were at least ten of these ‘killer whales’ in the pod, which are infrequent visitors to our waters. The footage was taken by Chris Briggs and given […]

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Turtles still at risk despite record year

Turtles still at risk despite record year

| 23/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): This year’s turtle nesting season may be a record-breaking year for the number of nests but experts at the Department of Environment are reminding residents that there are still a number of preventable threats for turtles, particularly artificial lighting, which lures the babies as they hatch away from the relative safety of the sea […]

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Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

| 16/09/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is calling on all experienced divers to help save coral at Eden Rock today, following a recent tug and ship encounter in the George Town Harbour, in which a large amount of sand from the seabed was churned up and deposited on live coral, blocking out the sun. The sand […]

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DoE ‘quarantining’ diseased coral

DoE ‘quarantining’ diseased coral

| 04/09/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Scientists at the Department of Environment have begun a delicate operation to prevent the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) found off the north coast of Grand Cayman. In an effort to stop the disease infecting any more reefs, experts are removing the affected coral and ‘quarantining’ it on land for potential […]

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Baby turtle hatches in daytime on 7MB

Baby turtle hatches in daytime on 7MB

| 01/09/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Beachgoers were treated to a rare sight this weekend when one baby green turtle emerged from Seven Mile Beach in broad daylight at a Cayman Turtle Centre site at Villas of the Galleon. The CTC recently transplanted several dozen eggs laid at the facility to the beach and the young hatchlings began emerging this […]

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