Tag: Department of Environment

Dangerous coral disease  closes dive sites

Dangerous coral disease closes dive sites

| 19/10/2020 | 21 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has closed 45 dive sites, from Delia’s Delight in Cayman Kai across the North Sound to Bear’s Paw near the Gustus Channel, in an effort to contain an outbreak of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD). This latest threat to coral was first spotted in local waters this summer. It […]

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DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

DoE makes emergency baby turtle intervention

| 07/10/2020 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment’s Turtle Team went into rescue mode Monday, as they worked hard to move turtle eggs in nests that were in the firing line from Tropical Storm (later Hurricane) Delta. Organised by the team leader, Lorri Lamb, the DoE staff and volunteers excavated 18 nests under threat of being washed away […]

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FIN project in breach of planning approval

FIN project in breach of planning approval

| 06/10/2020 | 115 Comments

(CNS): Developers behind the FIN Grand Cayman luxury condominium project appear to be in breach of the conditions relating to their planning approval. The Department of Environment has not received the construction environmental management plan or the operations environmental management plan, both of which the developers were required to submit before any work began on […]

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After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

After-fact primary habitat removal to be approved

| 29/09/2020 | 77 Comments

(CNS): Yet another after-the-fact application for the removal of primary habitat on a site off the Queen’s Highway is set to get the green light this week, with the landowner facing no more than a $1,000 fee for the unlawful clearance. The planning department recommended that an application by Eric James Bergstrom-Grant Management for the […]

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Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

Visiting pod of killer whales caught on camera

| 28/09/2020 | 23 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has posted captivating drone video footage of a pod of orcas about two miles off the coast of East End last week. There were at least ten of these ‘killer whales’ in the pod, which are infrequent visitors to our waters. The footage was taken by Chris Briggs and given […]

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Turtles still at risk despite record year

Turtles still at risk despite record year

| 23/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): This year’s turtle nesting season may be a record-breaking year for the number of nests but experts at the Department of Environment are reminding residents that there are still a number of preventable threats for turtles, particularly artificial lighting, which lures the babies as they hatch away from the relative safety of the sea […]

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Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

Eden Rock coral smothered in boat incident

| 16/09/2020 | 51 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is calling on all experienced divers to help save coral at Eden Rock today, following a recent tug and ship encounter in the George Town Harbour, in which a large amount of sand from the seabed was churned up and deposited on live coral, blocking out the sun. The sand […]

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DoE ‘quarantining’ diseased coral

DoE ‘quarantining’ diseased coral

| 04/09/2020 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Scientists at the Department of Environment have begun a delicate operation to prevent the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) found off the north coast of Grand Cayman. In an effort to stop the disease infecting any more reefs, experts are removing the affected coral and ‘quarantining’ it on land for potential […]

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DoE battles threat posed by developments

DoE battles threat posed by developments

| 02/09/2020 | 49 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has made several submissions for the Central Planning Authority to consider when it hears applications today, in a bid to save critical habitat and encourage developers to mitigate the environmental threats their projects pose. DoE concerns about some of these applications include swimming pools that will erode beaches and unnecessary […]

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CPA to hear Balboa Beach after-the-fact application

CPA to hear Balboa Beach after-the-fact application

| 01/09/2020 | 78 Comments

(CNS): Ten years after the Central Planning Authority issued after-the-fact permission to the owners of Balboa Beach for an original take-away restaurant and following five enforcement notices and six infractions of the planning law, the owners of the waterfront site have made another application seeking permission for work done without authority. The application, which is […]

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Sperm whales spotted in local waters

Sperm whales spotted in local waters

| 27/08/2020 | 18 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment has confirmed that two whales, a mother and calf, spotted recently and videoed by a Red Sail crew were sperm whales. “DoE has reached out to our regional partners and we can confirm that this video is of a beautiful mother sperm whale and her baby,” the department stated in […]

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