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Swimmer gets between barracuda and dinner

Swimmer gets between barracuda and dinner

| 16/10/2017 | 18 Comments
(CNS): A man who was swimming off Seven Mile Beach by the Westin Hotel on Friday appears to have been bitten by a barracuda, according to officials from the Department of Environment (DoE), but they said it was very unusual and there was no cause for people swimming or enjoying other water activiti [...]

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DoE confirms coral damage from Kittiwake

DoE confirms coral damage from Kittiwake

| 09/10/2017 | 96 Comments
(CNS) UPDATED: The Department of Environment completed a preliminary assessment Monday of the damage that the sunken wreck, USS  Kittiwake, has caused to coral in the area after the artificial reef shifted during the recent high seas from Tropical Storm Nate. Officials said the wreck’s movem [...]

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Kittiwake toppled onto natural reef

Kittiwake toppled onto natural reef

| 09/10/2017 | 36 Comments
(CNS): A famous sunken wreck off Grand Cayman suffered major damage and toppled over as the seas were churned up during the passage of Tropical Storm Nate. On Sunday local and international divers broke the news about the USS Kittiwake, which has fallen onto its port side and drifted towards the re [...]

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Dozens of hatchlings killed due to bad lighting

Dozens of hatchlings killed due to bad lighting

| 25/09/2017 | 20 Comments
(CNS): Researchers at the Department of Environment are calling for more owners of beachfront property to install turtle-friendly lighting after more than 60 endangered baby green turtles were found dead on the West Bay Road last week. The hatchlings were disoriented by lights near their nests in th [...]

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DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

| 22/08/2017 | 47 Comments
(CNS): Two of the Department of Environment’s (DoE) conservation officers were in action again last week saving a female green sea turtle from poachers. The turtle was discovered by Chadd Bush tied up on her back in the bushes in the Sand Hole area of West Bay, on Wednesday night, the DoE stated. [...]

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Developer rips up slice of North Side coast

Developer rips up slice of North Side coast

| 17/08/2017 | 226 Comments
(CNS): A developer has been ripping up the ironshore along a stretch of coast in North Side without the requisite permission, according to officials. A concerned CNS reader sent pictures of a digger on the coast tearing up the natural rock formation, which the Department of Environment (DoE) has sai [...]

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DoE and vets rush to save poached turtle

DoE and vets rush to save poached turtle

| 04/08/2017 | 62 Comments
(CNS): An adult female wild green turtle, estimated at over 400 lbs, was saved from the poacher’s knife yesterday after DoE enforcement officers Carl Edwards and Alan MacKay responded to a report in the Eastern Districts. The turtle was found on her back in a tool shed impaled through the neck [...]

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2½M visitors needed to make cruise port viable

2½M visitors needed to make cruise port viable

| 20/07/2017 | 83 Comments
(CNS): Cayman will need to attract between 2.3 and 2.5 million cruise passengers per year if the proposed cruise berthing facility in George Town is to be financially viable. The number comes from the latest, as yet unpublished, consultants’ report on how the controversial cruise port project can [...]

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DoE urges caution over seaweed removal

DoE urges caution over seaweed removal

| 28/06/2017 | 10 Comments
(CNS): Beachfront and tourism property owners are being urged to be cautious if they are removing Sargassum seaweed from the beach. According to the Department of the Environment, with the recent influx on Grand Cayman’s southern coasts, some owners are attempting to remove it but this can hav [...]

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Public to get say on 7MB rock removal

Public to get say on 7MB rock removal

| 16/06/2017 | 84 Comments
(CNS): The Dart Group has agreed to conduct an environmental impact assessment on Seven Mile Beach, according to the director of the Department of Environment. The developer has applied to remove 1,225 feet of beachrock from the marine park in the area north of the Kimpton hotel. But speaking at a N [...]

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NCC stands firm on EIA for 7MB

NCC stands firm on EIA for 7MB

| 12/06/2017 | 60 Comments
(CNS): The National Conservation Council and the Department of Environment are standing by their advice that government require an environmental impact assessment before it allows the Dart Group to dig up Grand Cayman’s famous Seven Mile Beach. With the National Conservation Law under threat, a ne [...]

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