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DoE watching out for the stingrays

DoE watching out for the stingrays

| 28/03/2020 | 23 Comments

(CNS): Following concerns in the community about Stingray City, the Department of Environment has said that its marine conservation officers are making sure the star attractions there are doing OK and getting the food they need. With no tourists going to the Sand Bar to feed them, the DoE said that the rays will revert […]

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VIPP misleading public on port project risks

VIPP misleading public on port project risks

| 06/03/2020 | 36 Comments

(CNS): The Environmental Assessment Board (EAB) said claims by the consortium that was chosen to build the controversial cruise project about the reduced environmental harm of this current design are misleading and the new plans may be just as damaging, or even more so, than those from 2015. The EAB has said Verdant Isle Port […]

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Dart container ban in works

Dart container ban in works

| 24/02/2020 | 89 Comments

(CNS): A committee set up by government to consider banning single-use plastics is advising that check-out shopping bags, plastic straws, stirrers and cotton swabs, as well as polystyrene take-out containers should all be banned here at the start of 2021. While a growing number of retailers have already switched to more eco-friendly alternatives, much of […]

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Longest turtle nesting season closes with high count

Longest turtle nesting season closes with high count

| 21/02/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): After the longest ever recorded turtle nesting season in the Cayman Islands, researchers have confirmed that 675 nests were counted between the discovery of the first nest in April on Grand Cayman to the last found in December in Little Cayman, where the final little hawksbill turtle, Cayman’s rarest nesting turtle, was helped out […]

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Giant shark tooth fossil found

Giant shark tooth fossil found

| 14/02/2020 | 48 Comments

(CNS): A massive tooth that once belonged to a Megalodon, a giant shark that has been extinct for millions of years, has been given to the Department of Environment after it turned up at a development site on Grand Cayman. The Megalodon was the largest shark to have ever lived but it became extinct toward […]

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Gov’t urged not to allow 7MB doomed plan

Gov’t urged not to allow 7MB doomed plan

| 03/02/2020 | 113 Comments

(CNS): A complex engineering project that has been proposed to replace sand on a stretch of Seven Mile Beach is doomed to failure and will cause even more problems, the Department of Environment has warned. Urging government not to allow a coastal works application by the owners of the Marriott Beach Resort and several nearby […]

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Coral resilience expert joins CCMI

Coral resilience expert joins CCMI

| 31/01/2020 | 10 Comments

(CNS): A leading marine scientist with an expertise in how coral could stand up to climate change has joined the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) as its new director of research. Officials at the Little Cayman facility said Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley will support CCMI’s research objectives to identify coral reef resiliency in a changing climate, […]

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DoE recover dead porpoise from BT beach

DoE recover dead porpoise from BT beach

| 27/01/2020 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment said they believe the dead porpoise that washed up on a Bodden Town beach this weekend is a young false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens). The carcass has been sent to vets at St Matthews University for a necropsy to find out how it died. The DoE said that it will […]

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Cruise scoping update given to EAB

Cruise scoping update given to EAB

| 21/01/2020 | 24 Comments

(CNS): Government and Verdant Isle Port Partners, the consortium of developers picked to build the proposed cruise dock, submitted their scoping update to the Environmental Advisory Board (EAB) Tuesday, on the eve of a court case that will decide the future of this controversial facility.

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CCMI in push to promote need for healthy reefs

CCMI in push to promote need for healthy reefs

| 15/01/2020 | 3 Comments

(CNS): The Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) is launching a new campaign this year to promote the need for healthy coral reefs and why they are critical to the well-being of the oceans and the Cayman Islands in general. The new campaign, “We Need Healthy Reefs”, comes against the backdrop of government’s plans to construct […]

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Protect Cayman’s marine life

Protect Cayman’s marine life

| 14/01/2020 | 30 Comments

Courtney Platt writes: Nassau Grouper recovery in the Sister Isles is going well, which is wonderful news for their tourism attraction. But, please notice the very brief mention of the less than 500 remaining island-wide in Grand Cayman. The other five species of large groupers are not much better off here either. We closed the […]

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