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Public to get say on 7MB rock removal

Public to get say on 7MB rock removal

| 16/06/2017 | 84 Comments
(CNS): The Dart Group has agreed to conduct an environmental impact assessment on Seven Mile Beach, according to the director of the Department of Environment. The developer has applied to remove 1,225 feet of beachrock from the marine park in the area north of the Kimpton hotel. But speaking at a N [...]

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NCC stands firm on EIA for 7MB

NCC stands firm on EIA for 7MB

| 12/06/2017 | 58 Comments
(CNS): The National Conservation Council and the Department of Environment are standing by their advice that government require an environmental impact assessment before it allows the Dart Group to dig up Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. With the National Conservation Law under threat, a ne [...]

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Turtle friendly lighting

Turtle friendly lighting

| 09/06/2017 | 3 Comments
The Department of Environment writes: We appreciate the need for security and fortunately studies show that turtle friendly lighting does not compromise security and safety. Turtle friendly lighting does not mean that beach front properties must be dark – instead, lights can be directed to illumin [...]

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Turtle hatchlings threatened by lights and fire

Turtle hatchlings threatened by lights and fire

| 07/06/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS): As Cayman moves into the wild turtle nesting season and hopes are high that numbers will continue on the upward trend, the Department of Environment is urging people not to light fires on the beach. Not only are beach bonfires illegal without a permit, they also pose a real danger to the yo [...]

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Conservation law under threat

Conservation law under threat

| 06/06/2017 | 77 Comments
(CNS): The premier has said the National Conservation Law is one of a number of “controversial” pieces of legislation that will face reform in the new administration. Speaking at a press briefing to announce the new Cabinet Tuesday, Alden McLaughlin indicated that law would likely be amended as [...]

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Panton departs LA after creating six protected areas

Panton departs LA after creating six protected areas

| 30/05/2017 | 26 Comments
(CNS): The outgoing environment minister has left Cayman with an historic parting gift following his four years in office. Just before the country went to the polls last week, Wayne Panton managed to get his Cabinet colleagues to sanction five important natural habitats on Grand Cayman, including Ba [...]

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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 | 31 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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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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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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