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Carnival’s pollution grabs headlines

Carnival’s pollution grabs headlines

| 04/11/2019 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Images and video footage captured in George Town Harbour last week of a Carnival cruise ship belching thick black smoke into the air have grabbed news headlines around the world and gone viral on social media. The cruise line, part of the consortium selected by government to build the proposed berthing facility here, continues […]

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Trust: Coral relocation message misleading

Trust: Coral relocation message misleading

| 31/10/2019 | 72 Comments

(CNS): A year after its last statement on the cruise project raising concerns about the loss of marine habitat and wrecks, the National Trust for the Cayman Islands has raised new questions about coral relocation and said the message that it can be moved is misleading. The Trust warned that relocating the ancient and pristine […]

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Fresh conch back on menu as season opens

Fresh conch back on menu as season opens

| 31/10/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Chefs can now gear up to prepare a plethora of conch and whelk dishes as the season opens tomorrow. The Department of Environment reminded fisherfolk that from 1 November until 30 April they can take five conchs daily per person or a maximum of ten per boat from local waters. Only queen conch (Strombus […]

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Underwater trip to raise awareness

Underwater trip to raise awareness

| 21/10/2019 | 6 Comments

(CNS): With over 20 acres of pristine coral reef and two historic shipwrecks in the direct line of fire from the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town, a number of local environmental campaign groups have come together to organise an underwater awareness tour. People are invited to climb aboard the Nautilus semi-submersible to see […]

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Video shows CI’s own floating plastic patch

Video shows CI’s own floating plastic patch

| 17/10/2019 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Video footage taken less than two miles off the George Town shoreline this week shows that the Cayman Islands is growing its own floating plastic garbage patch. The film and pictures taken by Delwin McLaughlin were re-posted all over social media and raised the alarm for local activists, especially Plastic Free Cayman, which continues […]

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Cayman reefs in fair health, say experts

Cayman reefs in fair health, say experts

| 16/10/2019 | 17 Comments

(CNS): Researchers at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in Little Cayman said the results of work conducted throughout last year on local reefs has revealed that the coral cover has declined since the last survey 20 years ago from 21% to 17%, leaving them in fair rather than good health. Marking its 20th anniversary, CCMI […]

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Verdant: moving coral won’t fully mitigate impact

Verdant: moving coral won’t fully mitigate impact

| 14/10/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): The consortium picked by government to build the controversial cruise berthing project has admitted that plans to relocate and cultivate coral will not fully mitigate the impact of the project on the marine environment. Although members of Verdant Isle expressed high confidence earlier this month that moving the pristine ancient coral from George Town […]

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Cayman attracts green tourism attention

Cayman attracts green tourism attention

| 18/09/2019 | 16 Comments

(CNS): Efforts by the tourism industry and NGOs across Cayman are helping the destination earn a reputation for marine conservation. This jurisdiction has come top in several industry awards this year, including for eco-tourism. Despite government’s failure to implement enhanced marine park protections and its determination to build the controversial cruise dock, Cayman remains a […]

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7MB threatened by dock, say scientists

7MB threatened by dock, say scientists

| 13/09/2019 | 151 Comments

(CNS): Scientists at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman have warned that the removal and destruction of bedrock, coral and sand to make way for the proposed cruise dock will have a long term negative impact on Seven Mile Beach as well as the wider health of the local marine environment. The world-respected […]

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Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

Lionfish culler bitten by nurse shark

| 31/08/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS Local Life): A diver taking part in the Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL) tournament today (Saturday, 31 August) was bitten by a nurse shark, suffering a serious injury to the back of his knee. Paul Egleston (70), who is a CULL board member and experienced diver, was hunting lionfish when the shark began aggressively […]

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July confirmed as hottest month on record

July confirmed as hottest month on record

| 16/08/2019 | 32 Comments

(CNS): Like much of the planet, the Caribbean experienced warmer or much warmer temperatures last month, as July 2019 has been officially confirmed as the hottest month globally across land and sea since records began around 140 years ago. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday that the average temperature last month was 1.71°F […]

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