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Hawksbill turtle nest hatches on Cayman Brac

Hawksbill turtle nest hatches on Cayman Brac

| 13/11/2018 | 1 Comment
(CNS): As the last of the turtle nests on Cayman Brac hatched this weekend, volunteers with Turtle Watch revealed on their Facebook page that the nest contained Hawksbills — particularly good news after the recent unfortunate drowning of a juvenile Hawksbill in the North Sound. Cayman Brac is the [...]

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Hawksbill turtle caught in fish pot drowns

Hawksbill turtle caught in fish pot drowns

| 07/11/2018 | 1 Comment
(CNS): A juvenile hawksbill turtle drowned on Wednesday after it became entangled in a rope attached to an old, abandoned fish pot in Grand Cayman’s North Sound. The Department of Environment posted images of the endangered young turtle and the cause of its demise on social media and urged people [...]

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Trust calls for EIA update before cruise port starts

Trust calls for EIA update before cruise port starts

| 19/10/2018 | 51 Comments
(CNS): The National Trust for the Cayman Islands is calling for an independent, fully updated environmental impact assessment (EIA) before the proposed cruise berthing project begins in George Town. The non-governmental organisation is calling on Cabinet to follow the recommendations of the Nation [...]

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DoE rescues hawksbill turtle from fishing line

DoE rescues hawksbill turtle from fishing line

| 15/10/2018 | 12 Comments
(CNS): Conservation officers on Grand Cayman came to the rescue of a juvenile hawksbill turtle at the weekend that was entangled in discarded fishing line. The Department of Environment officers were called to help on Saturday in the North Sound after a member of the public spotted the endangered s [...]

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Cruise port causes ‘significant uncertainty’ for environment

Cruise port causes ‘significant uncertainty’ for environment

| 12/10/2018 | 77 Comments
(CNS): The damage to the Cayman Islands’ marine environment by the proposed cruise berthing development could be far worse than already suspected because of the “significant uncertainty” surrounding many aspects of the project, Department of Environment Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie [...]

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Over 500 baby turtles rescued from stormy seas

Over 500 baby turtles rescued from stormy seas

| 11/10/2018 | 15 Comments
(CNS): Hundreds of baby turtles were rescued this week by volunteers and staff from the Department of Environment after Hurricane Michael stirred up high seas as it passed through this area of the Caribbean. The wave action washed over many nests along Grand Cayman’s beaches, where the baby tu [...]

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Cousteau urges CIG not to build port

Cousteau urges CIG not to build port

| 04/10/2018 | 69 Comments
(CNS): World renowned ocean explorer Jean-Michel Cousteau, who founded the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education organisation, has written to Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell  and Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour urging them to reconsider plans to develop the cruise ber [...]

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Platt challenges CIG’s claims over port reefs

Platt challenges CIG’s claims over port reefs

| 03/10/2018 | 60 Comments
(CNS): Courtney Platt, one of the Cayman Islands’ leading experts on the marine life in George Town Harbour, is joining the opposition and Cruise Port Referendum campaign this month to demonstrate that claims made by the tourism ministry that much of the marine life in George Town Harbour is d [...]

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Turtle eggs destroyed after nest dug out

Turtle eggs destroyed after nest dug out

| 26/09/2018 | 12 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment is urging the public not to disturb turtle eggs they see along the beaches after a nest was dug out on Grand Cayman on Monday. Officials said people should never dig up turtle nests if they see the baby turtles emerging from the sand along the beach, even when th [...]

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Poachers undermine conservation efforts

Poachers undermine conservation efforts

| 18/09/2018 | 66 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment recovered dozens of illegal conch and lobsters taken out of season from the Barkers area on Sunday, which were donated to the Pines Retirement Home. The poached catch was seized following an operation in West Bay by DoE conservation officers, who recovered 43 co [...]

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Pirate tour boat crushed coral colonies

Pirate tour boat crushed coral colonies

| 17/09/2018 | 17 Comments
(CNS): A number of small coral colonies were damaged when The Jolly Roger, a pirate-themed tour boat, ran aground in the George Town Harbour last week. Following a survey by marine researchers, the Department of Environment said that two colonies of starlet coral (Siderastrea sidera) and four colo [...]

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