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Turtle trapped in fish pot feared dead

Turtle trapped in fish pot feared dead

| 18/03/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is urging the fishing community not to abandon fish pots because they present a hazard to all marine life long after they are discarded. Officials from the DoE said that two visitors found a juvenile turtle trapped in an old fish pot near the Hyatt canal recently, and while they […]

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Damage to planet ‘dire’ says UN report

Damage to planet ‘dire’ says UN report

| 14/03/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): A dangerous combination of climate change, pollution, mass extinctions and a growing human population are described in the latest disturbing report from the United Nations, as world leaders met in Kenya for the 4th Environmental Assembly this week. The report states that “damage to the planet is so dire that people’s health will be […]

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Seaweed bloom could decline next month

Seaweed bloom could decline next month

| 10/03/2019 | 9 Comments

(CNS): Following a record-breaking year of prolonged and abundant Sargassum bloom in the Atlantic and Caribbean seas in 2018, the start of 2019 has seen similar levels floating in the ocean and washing up on regional beaches. But experts from the University of South Florida say that by April, the amount of seaweed transported from […]

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Divers find dead shark in ghost net

Divers find dead shark in ghost net

| 05/03/2019 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Department of the Environment is asking people to alert them to any ghost nets they see dumped in local waters after another dead shark was found by divers in Grand Cayman’s North Sound. The 4-foot long reef shark had become tangled in the discarded netting and was fished out by divers from Silver […]

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CULL takes bite out of lionfish population

CULL takes bite out of lionfish population

| 05/03/2019

(CNS Local Life): Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL) organised another successful tournament aimed at reducing the numbers of this invasive species while raising awareness of the dangers the fish pose to Cayman’s marine ecosystem. Seven teams took part in the 28th cull this past weekend, with the theme specially for March: “In like a lionfish, […]

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DoE to spell out safe handling of marine life

DoE to spell out safe handling of marine life

| 04/03/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): With increasing reports of the mishandling and abuse of marine animals, such as starfish and stingrays, the Department of Environment is introducing definitive guidelines to help tour operators protect the species that are under increasing stress. Mishandling them could spell trouble for tour operators, who could lose their licence or face prosecution for the […]

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Rivers says Barkers proposal ‘not acceptable’

Rivers says Barkers proposal ‘not acceptable’

| 28/02/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): The representative for West Bay South, Tara Rivers, has said that an application by Handel Whittaker for a coastal works licence in relation to a controversial proposed development in the Barkers area is “not acceptable”. In contrast to comments made on Monday by her Cabinet colleague, Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, who predicted a successful […]

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Local lobster off menu as season closes

Local lobster off menu as season closes

| 28/02/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): After three months of indulging in tasty local lobster, the dish will be off the menu tomorrow as the season comes to an end today. From midnight Thursday, no one may take, purchase, receive or possess lobster from Cayman waters until the season opens at the end of November. The closed seasons for various […]

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DoE warns against Barkers seagrass removal

DoE warns against Barkers seagrass removal

| 27/02/2019 | 83 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has said that removing more than four acres of turtle grass in Barkers will adversely affect essential habitat for protected species, that it will destroy live coral and lead to beach erosion, among many other problems. Following comments by the tourism minister that a controversial coastal works application by the […]

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DoE raises alarm over abuse of marine animals

DoE raises alarm over abuse of marine animals

| 18/02/2019 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Following a number of reports of people abusing local marine animals in and around some of Grand Cayman’s favourite attractions, the Department of Environment (DoE) is urging people to follow the law in local waters regarding the handling of starfish, stingrays, turtles and other marine life. In the last month the DoE has received […]

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About 125 miles of fishing line recycled by DoE

About 125 miles of fishing line recycled by DoE

| 11/02/2019 | 3 Comments

(CNS): Since the Department of Environment (DoE) installed its fishing line recycling bins around the islands around three years ago, at least 300lbs has now been shipped overseas for recycling in partnership with the Department of Environmental Health (DEH) and US recycler Berkley Fishing, according to a DoE Facebook post. The collected line is recycled […]

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