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7MB erosion worsens after Ian batters structures

7MB erosion worsens after Ian batters structures

| 29/09/2022 | 173 Comments

(CNS): The passage of Hurricane Ian this week has revealed the seriousness of the erosion problems on Seven Mile Beach and how seawalls and hard structures, far from solving the problem, are making matters worse. In some places where there are no hard structures on the dynamic beach, the ocean delivered new deposits of sand. […]

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Potential glacier collapse would fuel major sea level rise

Potential glacier collapse would fuel major sea level rise

| 08/09/2022 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The potential collapse of the Thwaites Glacier, also known as the “doomsday glacier”, could cause the sea to rise by as much as ten feet, scientists are warning. The glacier, which is the size of Florida, could wreak havoc if it falls into the ocean and researchers now say it is hanging on by […]

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New charts map seabed and marine ecosystems

New charts map seabed and marine ecosystems

| 29/08/2022 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The newly completed seabed mapping survey of the Cayman Islands by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) will support marine navigation safety and provide an invaluable source of information to support the management, protection and understanding of the local marine environment, according to a release from the Ministry of District Administration and Lands.

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Scientists demonstrate new measures for coral disease

Scientists demonstrate new measures for coral disease

| 15/08/2022 | 8 Comments

(CNS): As scientists continue to research the causes of stony coral tissue loss disease, they are developing various measures to help control its spread. Last week during a workshop on Grand Cayman for scientists on the front line of the fight against SCTLD, a devastating pathogen attacking reefs across the region at an alarming rate, […]

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Dozens of baby turtles lost due to bad lighting

Dozens of baby turtles lost due to bad lighting

| 10/08/2022 | 55 Comments

(CNS): Around two dozen turtle hatchlings died last week because the nest from which they hatched was close to condos along Seven Mile Beach that did not have turtle-friendly lighting. As a result, the Department of Environment is once again urging people who own beachfront property near critical nesting habitat to contact them for help […]

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Over 42,000 corals treated in SCTLD crisis

Over 42,000 corals treated in SCTLD crisis

| 10/08/2022 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Dr Croy McCoy, a senior marine biologist at the Department of Environment, has warned that coral reefs are in crisis and the current generation of scientists may be the last people who can do anything about their survival. A team of divers has treated over 42,000 corals in Cayman Islands waters with an antibiotic […]

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DoE works on reef damaged by boat at Eden Rock

DoE works on reef damaged by boat at Eden Rock

| 04/08/2022 | 31 Comments

(CNS): Divers from the Department of Environment Marine Unit are working to re-attach damaged corals to the reef at Eden Rock following a recent unreported grounding by a large ship at the popular dive site. The damage was reported by local environmental activist Rory McDonough, who contacted the DoE, the premier and the port authority […]

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Sargassum trial stalled as seaweed decomposes

Sargassum trial stalled as seaweed decomposes

| 02/08/2022 | 34 Comments

(CNS): The trial to remove the massive influx of sargassum stranded in the North Sound using a pumping system has come to an abrupt end after just a few days because the level of decomposition of the seaweed made continued removal efforts impractical, according to the Department of Environment.

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Pumping trial starts on sargassum in North Sound

Pumping trial starts on sargassum in North Sound

| 01/08/2022 | 40 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment’s sargassum clean-up trial will continue throughout this week, officials have said. Garvin Park, which is the base for the pilot operation, will remain closed until Thursday to give the contractors time to pump out a significant amount of the floating seaweed, which has been trapped in the North Sound for […]

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Sargassum removal trial planned in North Sound

Sargassum removal trial planned in North Sound

| 29/07/2022 | 35 Comments

(CNS): There is no easy way of addressing the major influx of sargassum into the North Sound, Premier Wayne Panton said Thursday. Nevertheless, resources have been mobilised for a trial to pump out the invasive seaweed and reduce the impact it is having on the marine life and businesses operating in and around the area.

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CCMI to explore 12-Mile Bank and Pickle Bank

CCMI to explore 12-Mile Bank and Pickle Bank

| 28/07/2022 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The Little Cayman-based Central Caribbean Marine Institute has received a grant and a donation totalling more than CI$1 million, which will be used to explore two well-known seamounts (submerged islands) near the Cayman Islands. Collaborating with the Department of Environment, the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, CCMI researchers will […]

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