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Shore fishing allowed in over half local waters

Shore fishing allowed in over half local waters

| 09/04/2021 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Local fisherfolk are still free to fish from the shore around the Cayman Islands along more than half of the country’s coastline. The Department of Environment said there was some misunderstanding in the community about the recent rule changes to the Marine Park regulations and noted that fishing from the shore was still allowed […]

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DoE offers cash to divers in fatal coral disease fight

DoE offers cash to divers in fatal coral disease fight

| 06/04/2021 | 2 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment (DoE) is looking for divers who can help them in the national response to the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). With this disease impacting over 20 species of reef-building corals on local reefs, the department needs qualified divers to apply topical antibiotics and where necessary remove infected corals. […]

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Underwater cameras to watch-over UKOT sea life

Underwater cameras to watch-over UKOT sea life

| 06/04/2021 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The UK is funding a network of underwater cameras across its overseas territories to keep a watchful eye on the sea life and collect data to help in the conservation battle. The Cayman Islands will be included in the rollout of non-intrusive stereo-Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS), which will be deployed in open […]

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Port marine life still protected, say officials

Port marine life still protected, say officials

| 24/03/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The George Town Harbour, which is now an anchorage zone and no longer a marine park after new regulations were implemented, is still protected because it remains a no-take zone, officials from the Port Authority and the Department of Environment have said. The new zoning also means that in future, divers will need to […]

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Coral expert’s work ‘hijacked’ by developers

Coral expert’s work ‘hijacked’ by developers

| 24/03/2021 | 35 Comments

(CNS): Coral conservation expert Aaron Hunt, who is the man behind Cayman Eco Divers and whose work is slowly but surely bearing fruit in the ocean off the coast of Sunset House, has said he feels “powerless” to address what he described as the “worst kind of green-washing” by a developer using his images without […]

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Reef fish restoration, a desperately needed next step

Reef fish restoration, a desperately needed next step

| 23/03/2021 | 38 Comments

Courtney Platt writes: Announced last Friday, the Marine Parks expansion is official and it is already in effect! Thank you DoE and Wayne Panton for your perseverance over the years! One MAJOR hurdle down… just a few more yet to go (assuming optimum productivity for maximum sustainable use is the goal). Hooray, our marine heritage has […]

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Port excluded from new marine protections

Port excluded from new marine protections

| 15/03/2021 | 51 Comments

(CNS): One month before Cayman Islands voters go to the polls, four years after the proposed enhancements were ready for implementation and two years after Cabinet approved them, the government has finally gazetted the regulations defining the new marine park designations and rules. The enhanced regulations, which were ready to go in 2017 following public […]

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Survey shows overwhelming support for environmental protection

Survey shows overwhelming support for environmental protection

| 12/03/2021 | 68 Comments

(CNS): A public survey among 1,400 residents of the Cayman Islands revealed overwhelming support for protecting this country’s natural resources. Over 83% of respondents to Cayman ES21, initiated by Amplify Cayman, said Cayman’s natural environment was in a worse state than when the Environment Charter was signed 20 years ago. A massive 99% of those […]

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Residents seek meeting with FIN developers

Residents seek meeting with FIN developers

| 11/03/2021 | 75 Comments

(CNS): Residents living around the controversial luxury condo project, FIN Grand Cayman, as well as those who dive, snorkel and swim in the affected marine park, want a meeting with the developers to discuss how the negative impact the work is having can be mitigated. Almost 400 people have now signed a petition asking Crighton […]

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Activists push FIN clean-up after raising alarm

Activists push FIN clean-up after raising alarm

| 05/03/2021 | 90 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is paying close attention to the situation at the luxury condo development FIN after a catalog of issues surrounding the project. Local activists raised the alarm this past weekend when it appeared that construction materials had been dumped or washed into the ocean from the project site. This comes after […]

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Killer coral threat very serious

Killer coral threat very serious

| 01/03/2021 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The threat posed to local reefs by the still enigmatic Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is very serious, according to the director of the Department of Environment. Against the backdrop of climate change, other diseases, excessive coastal development and ocean pollution, this extremely contagious and deadly disease is advancing towards Seven Mile Beach, […]

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