Tag: coral reefs

Billionaire yacht owner settles-up for reef damage

Billionaire yacht owner settles-up for reef damage

| 31/10/2016 | 25 Comments
(CNS): Paul Allen, the owner of the luxury 300ft mega-yacht, the MV Tatoosh, has reportedly settled with the Cayman Islands Government over the damage caused by his boat’s anchor chain to a section of coral off Seven Mile Beach earlier this year. Government has not said exactly how much the billi [...]

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Photographer calls for far reaching reef fish protection

Photographer calls for far reaching reef fish protection

| 27/07/2016 | 40 Comments
(CNS): As the Department of Environment continues to push its proposed conservation plan for local reef fish under the National Conservation Law, well-known local photographer Courtney Platt is calling for an end to the unsustainable take from spawning aggregations of any species, as well as tighter [...]

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Activists urge Cayman to speak-up on marine parks

Activists urge Cayman to speak-up on marine parks

| 22/07/2016 | 4 Comments
(CNS): A group of community activists are urging the people to speak out about critical issues and have launched their democracy campaign with the current public consultation on the much needed enhancement of the national marine parks. The group of young volunteers are using a website that they hop [...]

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Cayman’s coral nurseries begin to flourish

Cayman’s coral nurseries begin to flourish

| 14/06/2016 | 15 Comments
(CNS): A project to grow new coral in local waters in an effort to replenish the increasingly depleted local reefs is doing well, according to experts working on the nurseries. Reefs around the Cayman Islands have been impacted by over-fishing, coastal development and climate change issues, such as [...]

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Reefs need more protection, says Panton

Reefs need more protection, says Panton

| 08/06/2016 | 22 Comments
(CNS): The environment minister has warned that Cayman’s reefs are still under threat and are in need of further legal protection to halt the decline. Wayne Panton has said he is committed to steering through proposed enhancements to the marine parks in the face of the mounting threats. “The th [...]

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Time running out for reefs, says CCMI boss

Time running out for reefs, says CCMI boss

| 06/06/2016 | 3 Comments
(CNS): Dr Carrie Manfrino, the research director at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute on Little Cayman, has called for action to reverse the critical decline of tropical coral reefs and wants the world to try harder to save them. The institution is hosting a symposium in London this week, which [...]

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Panton reveals challenges of yacht reef damage

Panton reveals challenges of yacht reef damage

| 03/06/2016 | 8 Comments
(CNS): Government has plans to install a number of moorings that can accommodate super-yachts to help reduce reef damage by anchor chains, Environment Minister Wayne Panton has told the Legislative Assembly. He said that since coming to office, there have been five cases of vessels damaging coral [...]

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Sediment destroyed reefs in Miami during dredging

Sediment destroyed reefs in Miami during dredging

| 03/05/2016 | 36 Comments
(CNS): Over 80% of coral reefs near to the area of large-scale dredging at Miami’s port were damaged by sediment, despite a plan by the Army Corps of Engineers to minimise the damage, a new report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found. The revelation will fuel fears [...]

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Threats continue as CIG mulls marine park plans

Threats continue as CIG mulls marine park plans

| 19/04/2016 | 29 Comments
(CNS): The National Conservation Council (NCC) and the Department of the Environment (DoE) are waiting for the greenlight from government to begin implementing the proposed enhancement of local marine parks in an effort to conserve local reefs while they are still relatively healthy. As the conserva [...]

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Cool seas help LC corals recover from bleaching

Cool seas help LC corals recover from bleaching

| 15/02/2016 | 4 Comments
(CNS): Corals on the reefs around Little Cayman appear to be bouncing back, according to scientists on the island, who were on high alert for a possible mass mortality of corals due to bleaching last summer. Although some 60% of the corals around the island were impacted by the high water temperatu [...]

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Billionaire reef repair offer under review

Billionaire reef repair offer under review

| 11/02/2016 | 18 Comments
(CNS): Computer software billionaire, Paul Allen, has reportedly “taken steps to develop a remediation plan to restore the reef” after one of his luxury yachts caused significant damage to coral off the coast of Seven Mile Beach last month. His company, Vulcan Inc, said in a statement that it  [...]

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