Tag: coral reefs

Disease strikes rare coral at 7MB dive site

Disease strikes rare coral at 7MB dive site

| 19/06/2018 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment has begun investigating a case of disease which is infecting a rare type of coral that is recognised as a threatened species. What is believed to be an outbreak of black band disease, possibly white plague and even red plague, though the exact cause has not yet b [...]

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World without reefs will be costly, study finds

World without reefs will be costly, study finds

| 12/06/2018 | 12 Comments
(CNS): A new scientific study has revealed a bleak and expensive world without coral reefs to protect our shores. The latest research raising the alarm about the decimation of reefs across the globe was published Tuesday in the journal, Nature Communications, and focuses on the cost to governments a [...]

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Coral bleaching ‘new normal’ say scientists

Coral bleaching ‘new normal’ say scientists

| 05/01/2018 | 15 Comments
(CNS): Scientists have found that the time-lapse between coral bleaching events has decreased rapidly over the last forty years, reducing the time reefs have to recover and making bleaching the “new normal” for the delicate marine ecosystems. In the latest bad news about the fate of the [...]

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Conflicts emerge over cruise project

Conflicts emerge over cruise project

| 09/11/2017 | 57 Comments
(CNS): The tourism ministry’s chief officer outlined a precise timeline for the progress of the cruise berthing project when he answered questions in Finance Committee Wednesday. But conflicting messages from the premier on the unresolved talks with the cruise lines, which were revealed Friday [...]

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Cash from reef destruction funds new moorings

Cash from reef destruction funds new moorings

| 23/05/2017 | 13 Comments
(CNS): Cash received by the government from the settlement it agreed with billionaire Paul Allen after the anchor chain of his yacht crushed a section of coral off Seven Mile Beach last year is now being used to install permanent moorings. Environment Minister Wayne Panton said materials are now be [...]

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Report delivers stark warning for region

Report delivers stark warning for region

| 17/05/2017 | 24 Comments
(CNS): Much more needs to be done to reduce human pressures on island systems in the Caribbean to make states more resilient to climate change, a new report by a Commonwealth institution has found. The cost of doing nothing about the issues and adapting to the change will rise quickly. It is estimat [...]

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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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