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Listen Up! Gutting the Conservation Law

Listen Up! Gutting the Conservation Law

| 15/05/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS Podcast): Just last week a new government committee established to review the Cayman Islands National Conservation Law had its first meeting behind closed doors. The decision to review and, as most people suspect, water down the law comes at an alarming time for our planet. In Episode 4 of ‘Listen Up! with CNS, podcast […]

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Plastic Free Cayman plans peaceful demo

Plastic Free Cayman plans peaceful demo

| 15/05/2019 | 25 Comments

(CNS): Campaigners behind local activist group Plastic Free Cayman are calling on the public to join them in a peaceful protest next week on the steps of the government building in an effort to highlight the growing problem of plastic pollution and climate change. The local NGO, which has been campaigning with some success for […]

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Minister denies conflict over dock

Minister denies conflict over dock

| 06/05/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): An application for a judicial review of a Cabinet decision to grant a coastal works licence for a dock at Vista Del Mar has accused the environment minister of having a conflict when he voted with his colleagues to approve the project. The pier had raised concerns from both the planning department and Dwayne […]

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One million species on brink of extinction

One million species on brink of extinction

| 06/05/2019 | 46 Comments

(CNS): More than one million species of plants and animals, from orchids to turtles, are on the brink of extinction, according to a new report based on the work of an international team of scientists, which warns of an acceleration in species extinction rates that are already unprecedented in human history. Without transformative change to […]

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Seven sharks killed or injured in local waters

Seven sharks killed or injured in local waters

| 30/04/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Over the last few months four sharks have been found dead in Cayman Islands waters and another three badly injured. Researchers at the Department of Environment believe an increase in the appearance of the marine predators in local waters is leading to more encounters between them and fishermen. The DoE research team, Shark Conservation […]

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Turtle found dead on Earth Day

Turtle found dead on Earth Day

| 24/04/2019 | 19 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has reported that a juvenile green sea turtle was found dead on Earth Day, entangled in fishing line near the North Sound’s Duck Pond Cay. The DoE has warned the fishing community many times about the dangers of discarded fishing line and urged people to dispose of it properly. Fishing […]

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First turtle nest marks start of season

First turtle nest marks start of season

| 23/04/2019 | 13 Comments

(CNS): Local turtles are off to an early start for this summer’s breeding season, with the first nest of the year already having been recorded by the Department of Environment’s team on a beach along Grand Cayman’s south coast. From now until at least November turtles will be nesting and hatching on local beaches and […]

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Minister dodges NCL review in Earth Day message

Minister dodges NCL review in Earth Day message

| 22/04/2019 | 30 Comments

(CNS): In his message to mark Earth Day, Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour claimed achievements in conservation in the Cayman Islands, but made no mention of the planned review of the National Conservation Law (NCL) that is expected to remove some of the protections for the islands’ natural resources. ‘Protect Our Species’ is the theme of […]

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What dive sites are affected by enhanced marine areas?

What dive sites are affected by enhanced marine areas?

| 08/04/2019

It’s great that the Cayman government and the Department of the Environment plan to significantly expand and enforce the protected marine areas and increase the no-fishing and no-diving zones. But I am finding it difficult to read and interpret the maps released by the DoE with the overlapping protected zones. Can you provide a list […]

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Marine protection plan gets nod ten years on

Marine protection plan gets nod ten years on

| 01/04/2019 | 46 Comments

(CNS): More than ten years after the Department of Environment began a scientific survey that helped outline what expansion to the existing marine parks would be needed to protect Cayman’s resources into the future, Cabinet has finally given the green light for the necessary regulations to make it a reality. The DoE submitted its final […]

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DoE Director welcomes governor’s support

DoE Director welcomes governor’s support

| 25/03/2019 | 9 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment’s director welcomed the support offered to her team’s work by Governor Martyn Roper when he visited the department Friday, accompanied by political leaders and senior civil servants. Gina Ebanks-Petrie said the DoE was glad to have the opportunity to tell the governor a “bit more about the work we do […]

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