Tag: Gina Ebanks-Petrie

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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Panton departs LA after creating six protected areas

Panton departs LA after creating six protected areas

| 30/05/2017 | 26 Comments
(CNS): The outgoing environment minister has left Cayman with an historic parting gift following his four years in office. Just before the country went to the polls last week, Wayne Panton managed to get his Cabinet colleagues to sanction five important natural habitats on Grand Cayman, including Ba [...]

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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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CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade

CITES top grade protects important Cayman trade

| 16/05/2017 | 17 Comments
(CNS): International trade that involves the legitimate use of certain animal and plant species can continue without the fear of suspension, now that Cayman’s legislation protecting the environment has been rated fully compliant with all international standards regarding the Convention on Internat [...]

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DoE takes aim at arbitrary road plans

DoE takes aim at arbitrary road plans

| 24/03/2017 | 48 Comments
(CNS): The director of the Department of Environment has criticised arbitrary submissions of road gazetting applications to Cabinet with what appears to be no strategic review to inform or justify them. Gina Ebanks-Petrie raised concerns to the National Conservation Council Wednesday, as it consider [...]

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DoE app to help with research and enforcement

DoE app to help with research and enforcement

| 07/11/2016 | 7 Comments
(CNS) The Department of Environment has launched a new ‘app’ that combines information from its marine enforcement officers with that from the public. SIREN Cayman enables both the public and officials to input information relating to sightings of important species and to report what may [...]

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NCL will need public support

NCL will need public support

| 15/08/2016 | 10 Comments
(CNS): The full implementation of the National Conservation Law is “not a panacea” to address all of the challenges surrounding conservation and environmental protection in Cayman and it will still need the support of, and pressure from, the public to ensure it is used properly. The Department o [...]

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Law paves way for environment priorities

Law paves way for environment priorities

| 15/08/2016 | 6 Comments
(CNS): The last two crucial parts of the National Conservation Law came into effect on Monday when the environment minister announced its implementation, which will finally see environmental considerations given lawful weight in government decision-making. With the commencement of Parts 5 and 7, cri [...]

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Cullers bring in 14,400 green iguanas

Cullers bring in 14,400 green iguanas

| 30/06/2016 | 64 Comments
(CNS): The 18 registered cullers and their support teams managed to bring in more than 14,400 iguanas during the Department of Environment’s week-long green iguana culling project. Local cullers, who were using air rifles, sticks, traps, machetes and dogs, were offered $5 per iguana and have colle [...]

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‘Shocking’ iguana numbers pose environment crisis

‘Shocking’ iguana numbers pose environment crisis

| 20/06/2016 | 103 Comments
(CNS): Local experts now believe that there are around half a million invasive green iguanas on Grand Cayman. Early estimates indicate the population is doubling annually and there could be well over a million by this time next year. Research by the Department of Environment has revealed that the nu [...]

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NCC faces speargun conundrum

NCC faces speargun conundrum

| 20/05/2016 | 73 Comments
(CNS): The National Conservation Council is facing a challenging problem because of a compromise the environment minister was forced to make over spearguns in order to gain support from his political colleagues on the National Conservation Law. As the last parts of the law are implemented, which is [...]

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