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New coral disease found off north coast

New coral disease found off north coast

| 03/07/2020 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Department of Environment researchers believe that Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD), a major threat to coral reefs in the region, has turned up in local waters. Following a potential disease report by Tom Byrnes from Cayman Marine Lab on 21 June, the department’s own marine experts visited the location off the north coast […]

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DoE enlists divers to track coral disease

DoE enlists divers to track coral disease

| 23/06/2020 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is asking divers and snorkellers, as they return to the water, to look out for any evidence of a new lethal coral disease. Scuba diving was allowed in Cayman this week for the first time since March, and researchers need people to report any signs of the latest threat to […]

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Cops lend hand in protecting turtles

Cops lend hand in protecting turtles

| 16/06/2020 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Unable to call on their usual army of some 70 volunteers because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Environment has enlisted the help of the RCIPS to monitor turtle nesting sites this season, which began at the beginning of last month. Some exemptions were granted for DoE staff to monitor beaches but crews […]

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Fishing line claims life of turtle

Fishing line claims life of turtle

| 09/06/2020 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has sent the body of a mature, adult female hawksbill turtle, which was killed when its neck and front flipper became entangled in lost or discarded fishing line, to St Matthew’s University Veterinary School. The critically endangered turtle was found on Tuesday by staff from Harbour House Marina, who assisted […]

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DoE predicts bad year for sargassum

DoE predicts bad year for sargassum

| 09/06/2020 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The troublesome seaweed that has plagued Caribbean beaches for several years now is back in Cayman and the Department of Environment predicts that this could be another very bad year for sargassum on the local shoreline. Last year government invested significant public cash into trying to keep beaches clean without eroding them and created […]

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Little Cayman becomes global ‘Hope Spot’

Little Cayman becomes global ‘Hope Spot’

| 08/06/2020 | 7 Comments

(CNS): Global marine conservation organisation Mission Blue, which campaigns to have critical areas of the world’s oceans recognised and protected, has added the whole of Little Cayman to its list of ecologically critical ‘Hope Spots’. While this does not give the island any additional legal protection over what is already given to it by Cayman […]

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Nurse shark killed in ghost net

Nurse shark killed in ghost net

| 04/06/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): A couple paddle-boarding in South Sound on Saturday alerted the Department of Environment about a ghost net floating in the sea that had ensnared several sharks, one of which was dead.

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Anti-plastic campaign persists under lockdown

Anti-plastic campaign persists under lockdown

| 04/06/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Plastic Free Cayman has continued its campaign to rid Cayman of unnecessary plastic throughout the shelter-in-place curfew using technology to organise virtual events. Despite the challenges, the group wants to keep reminding people of the dangers of plastic and recently successfully hosted a free screening of a new full-length documentary, The Story of Plastic, […]

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First green turtle nest spotted early

First green turtle nest spotted early

| 29/05/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Department of Environment researchers have documented the first wild green turtle nest of the 2020 nesting season. The nest was spotted on Grand Cayman on 26 May, which is unusually early, as over the past 21 years of sea turtle monitoring only two other green turtle nests were found this early in the year. […]

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Rocket debris found floating off Cayman Brac

Rocket debris found floating off Cayman Brac

| 29/05/2020 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Two local fishermen came across some unusual debris last week while fishing off the southwest corner of Cayman Brac. The Department of Environment believes that the piece of metal that Larry and Tyrone Scott found is debris from a rocket launch in French Guyana at the end of last year, which delivered a number […]

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QC stresses untruths over port marine damage

QC stresses untruths over port marine damage

| 12/05/2020 | 52 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government engaged in what was “little short of a propaganda campaign”, misleading the public about the impact the proposed cruise port development would have on the marine environment, a lawyer representing the National Trust argued last week. Tom Lowe QC told the appeal court that the Trust “was shocked” by this […]

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