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End of legal turtling saved local loggerheads

End of legal turtling saved local loggerheads

| 05/05/2021 | 0 Comments

(CNS): A new academic article published in the marine science magazine, Frontiers, authored by several staff members from the Department of Environment and their partners at the University of Exeter, has used 22 years of data on local turtles to demonstrate the recovery of the populations and how that can be sustained in future, given […]

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Deadly coral disease spreads across Northwest Point

Deadly coral disease spreads across Northwest Point

| 28/04/2021 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), which first appeared in Cayman less than one year ago on the north wall, has now progressed around Northwest Point to the west side of Grand Cayman. The Department of Environment has released an updated map documenting the current progression of the worrying coral threat that […]

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Director: Harbour marine park not ‘safe or sensible’

Director: Harbour marine park not ‘safe or sensible’

| 27/04/2021 | 26 Comments

(CNS) Joseph Woods, the director of the Port Authority of the Cayman Islands (PACI), has said that having the George Town Harbour designated as a marine park was not practical or sensible given that it is an anchorage area. Explaining why so much of the harbour, which was previously designated as a marine park under local […]

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CS issues Earth Day message as people wait on new minister

CS issues Earth Day message as people wait on new minister

| 22/04/2021 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Civil servants in the Ministry and the Department of Environment issued the government message Thursday to mark World Earth Day, highlighting this year’s international theme of ‘Restore our Earth, Restore Cayman’. The country is still awaiting the announcement about the assignments of ministries in the new PACT Cabinet, but responsibility for the environment will […]

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The port issue is not dead

The port issue is not dead

| 20/04/2021 | 16 Comments

Shirley Roulstone writes: This PPM-led Unity government has told us many times over the last few months since we have been shut down that the port issue is dead and they are going to focus on medical tourism and other things. You all have heard that at many times… but listen to me… and listen to […]

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Election for the environment

Election for the environment

| 14/04/2021 | 6 Comments

Candy Whicker writes: Cayman truly is a jewel: our beaches, our wetlands, our mangroves, our undisturbed green spaces, our coral reefs, underwater world and our wildlife on land and in the sea – all valuable beyond measure. All of these are perfectly balanced by nature and together they keep our air clean, filter our waters, […]

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Shore fishing allowed in over half local waters

Shore fishing allowed in over half local waters

| 09/04/2021 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Local fisherfolk are still free to fish from the shore around the Cayman Islands along more than half of the country’s coastline. The Department of Environment said there was some misunderstanding in the community about the recent rule changes to the Marine Park regulations and noted that fishing from the shore was still allowed […]

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DoE offers cash to divers in fatal coral disease fight

DoE offers cash to divers in fatal coral disease fight

| 06/04/2021 | 2 Comments

(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. […]

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Underwater cameras to watch-over UKOT sea life

Underwater cameras to watch-over UKOT sea life

| 06/04/2021 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The UK is funding a network of underwater cameras across its overseas territories to keep a watchful eye on the sea life and collect data to help in the conservation battle. The Cayman Islands will be included in the rollout of non-intrusive stereo-Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS), which will be deployed in open […]

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Port marine life still protected, say officials

Port marine life still protected, say officials

| 24/03/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The George Town Harbour, which is now an anchorage zone and no longer a marine park after new regulations were implemented, is still protected because it remains a no-take zone, officials from the Port Authority and the Department of Environment have said. The new zoning also means that in future, divers will need to […]

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Coral expert’s work ‘hijacked’ by developers

Coral expert’s work ‘hijacked’ by developers

| 24/03/2021 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Coral conservation expert Aaron Hunt, who is the man behind Cayman Eco Divers and whose work is slowly but surely bearing fruit in the ocean off the coast of Sunset House, has said he feels “powerless” to address what he described as the “worst kind of green-washing” by a developer using his images without […]

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