Tag: Department of Environment

People warned not to poach as conch season opens

People warned not to poach as conch season opens

| 31/10/2017 | 38 Comments
(CNS): Conch and whelk season opens tomorrow, 1 November, when shellfish-lovers can help themselves to five queen conchs per person per day or ten per boat, and 2½ gallons of whelks in the shell, or 2½ pounds of processed whelks. But the Department of Environment is urging people not to be tempt [...]

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Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

| 24/10/2017 | 10 Comments
(CNS): In an extremely unusual find, interns working with the Department of Environment on turtle nesting recently discovered two live hatchlings with two heads as they reviewed nests on Grand Cayman. This condition is known as polycephaly, and although experts say it is a natural occurrence, it is [...]

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Enforcement improves as DoE utilizes new powers

Enforcement improves as DoE utilizes new powers

| 19/10/2017 | 15 Comments
(CNS): Department of Environment conservation officers have interrupted dozens of poachers since April and have been able to seize illegal spearguns and even return some poached conch and two green sea turtles back to the sea. Over the last few months officers have used their enhanced enforcement po [...]

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NCC battles conflict over spearfishing

NCC battles conflict over spearfishing

| 19/10/2017 | 73 Comments
(CNS): The controversial change in government policy from historic efforts to limit and eventually phase out spearfishing to once again allowing the importation of the spearguns and expanding their use has presented a real conflict for the National Conservation Council, which is tasked with allocati [...]

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Swimmer gets between barracuda and dinner

Swimmer gets between barracuda and dinner

| 16/10/2017 | 21 Comments
(CNS): A man who was swimming off Seven Mile Beach by the Westin Hotel on Friday appears to have been bitten by a barracuda, according to officials from the Department of Environment (DoE), but they said it was very unusual and there was no cause for people swimming or enjoying other water activiti [...]

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DoE confirms coral damage from Kittiwake

DoE confirms coral damage from Kittiwake

| 09/10/2017 | 96 Comments
(CNS) UPDATED: The Department of Environment completed a preliminary assessment Monday of the damage that the sunken wreck, USS  Kittiwake, has caused to coral in the area after the artificial reef shifted during the recent high seas from Tropical Storm Nate. Officials said the wreck’s movem [...]

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Dozens of hatchlings killed due to bad lighting

Dozens of hatchlings killed due to bad lighting

| 25/09/2017 | 20 Comments
(CNS): Researchers at the Department of Environment are calling for more owners of beachfront property to install turtle-friendly lighting after more than 60 endangered baby green turtles were found dead on the West Bay Road last week. The hatchlings were disoriented by lights near their nests in th [...]

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Nine ‘blues’ released as conservation battle continues

Nine ‘blues’ released as conservation battle continues

| 04/09/2017 | 10 Comments
(CNS): Researchers with the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme recently released nine more young blue ignanas into the wild at the Colliers Reserve in East End. But officials are warning that despite the overwhelming success of the project, which that has seen the iconic indigenous iguana brought back f [...]

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Cullers bag 8,500 iguanas as DoE mulls options

Cullers bag 8,500 iguanas as DoE mulls options

| 01/09/2017 | 74 Comments
(CNS): Around 8,500 green iguanas have been culled over the last few months since a pilot seasonal cull of the invasive species began on Grand Cayman in May. The Department of Environment has announced an extension of the cull and said registered cullers will be able to continue bagging the pesky re [...]

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Developer rips up slice of North Side coast

Developer rips up slice of North Side coast

| 17/08/2017 | 227 Comments
(CNS): A developer has been ripping up the ironshore along a stretch of coast in North Side without the requisite permission, according to officials. A concerned CNS reader sent pictures of a digger on the coast tearing up the natural rock formation, which the Department of Environment (DoE) has sai [...]

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DoE and vets rush to save poached turtle

DoE and vets rush to save poached turtle

| 04/08/2017 | 62 Comments
(CNS): An adult female wild green turtle, estimated at over 400 lbs, was saved from the poacher’s knife yesterday after DoE enforcement officers Carl Edwards and Alan MacKay responded to a report in the Eastern Districts. The turtle was found on her back in a tool shed impaled through the neck [...]

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