Tag: Department of Environment

Stingray injured by boat at sandbar

Stingray injured by boat at sandbar

| 04/12/2019 | 57 Comments

(CNS): Just a week after one local watersports owner warned of the dangers presented by overcrowding at Stingray City, the Department of Environment confirmed that a ray was recently hit and injured by a boat there. The department also posted on its social media pages what is believed to be a very recent picture of […]

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Lobster catchers urged to stick to quotas

Lobster catchers urged to stick to quotas

| 01/12/2019 | 18 Comments

(CNS): With the opening of the lobster season, the Department of Environment is urging the public not to exceed the daily catch limits or take what is still a threatened species from protected areas. The season lasts three months, from 1 December until 29 February, but there are strict rules about how many lobsters, and […]

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Gov’t warned EIA needed for road extension

Gov’t warned EIA needed for road extension

| 04/11/2019 | 57 Comments

(CNS): Government is pointing the finger at the National Conservation Council for delaying the start of the East-West Arterial Extension, despite knowing for five years that if it wanted to press ahead with this road it would need to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA). A screening report from the Department of Environment for the […]

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Fresh conch back on menu as season opens

Fresh conch back on menu as season opens

| 31/10/2019 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Chefs can now gear up to prepare a plethora of conch and whelk dishes as the season opens tomorrow. The Department of Environment reminded fisherfolk that from 1 November until 30 April they can take five conchs daily per person or a maximum of ten per boat from local waters. Only queen conch (Strombus […]

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Approval sought for 2-year-old shoreline work

Approval sought for 2-year-old shoreline work

| 08/10/2019 | 62 Comments

(CNS): More than two years after a developer, without permission, ripped up a slice of the North Side shoreline close to a turtle nesting area, he is now seeking after the fact approval for the assault on the coast. According to the Central Planning Authority agenda, to be heard Wednesday, the Rum Point Club is […]

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DoE: Mangroves could have been saved

DoE: Mangroves could have been saved

| 24/09/2019 | 96 Comments

(CNS): A property owner who cleared her land without a permit and before planning permission has been granted for a home removed healthy mangroves that the Department of Environment said could have been saved. In submissions to the Central Planning Authority for an application to be heard Wednesday, the DoE sounded the alarm, again, about […]

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Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

| 23/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Misguided rescuers put a batch of baby turtles at risk when they disturbed a nest and encouraged the hatchlings to head towards the sea in broad daylight. The Department of Environment said a video that circulated on social media earlier this month showing people in the Cayman Islands digging up the nest in what […]

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Minister paints false picture on coral relocation

Minister paints false picture on coral relocation

| 16/09/2019 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell has said that CI$10 million has been earmarked for coral relocation from the $200 million budget for the proposed cruise and cargo facility in George Town, despite warnings from the Department of Environment and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI) that such a venture is doomed to fail. Kirkconnell has […]

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DoE raises concerns over Beach Bay hotel

DoE raises concerns over Beach Bay hotel

| 09/09/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): A controversial $167 million resort project proposed for the quiet residential community of Beach Bay has not only raised significant concerns for the residents in the area but also the Department of Environment. The DoE has said that the National Conservation Council does not require the developers to conduct an EIA because local experts […]

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Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

Cullers race to combat iguana hatchlings

| 09/09/2019 | 36 Comments

(CNS): With 885,383 green iguanas in the proverbial bag, the army of local cullers are now racing to keep pace with the invasive reptile’s breeding season. After a drop in the numbers culled during July and August, the Department of Environment is keen to ensure the cull remains on track now that the animals are […]

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Planning law needs to support conservation law

Planning law needs to support conservation law

| 05/09/2019 | 27 Comments

(CNS): As government reviews the National Development Plan and the planning law and regulations, Department of Environment (DoE) Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie says that changes to planning legislation were always needed to help support the goals of the National Conservation Law. But there are fears in the community that not only is government going to gut […]

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