Tag: poaching

Conservation officer injured by suspect poachers

Conservation officer injured by suspect poachers

| 07/11/2019

(CNS): A senior conservation officer from the Department of Environment was injured on Tuesday when he was assaulted by suspected poachers in the Gun Bay area of East End. The officer sustained a head injury as he moved to arrest two men, who were believed to be taking conch, not only over and above the […]

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Suspect turtle poachers arrested

Suspect turtle poachers arrested

| 27/08/2019

(CNS): Two men were arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of poaching and drug offences after police and customs found a green turtle shell and meat during a raid at a West Bay home. RCIPS and Customs and Border Control officers carried out a joint operation at a house on Up The Hill Road, where they […]

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Turtle shell found in dumpster

Turtle shell found in dumpster

| 07/08/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The shell of an adult green sea turtle was found in a dumpster at the weekend, which officials said appeared to be the remains from another poaching incident. The shell measured 106cm (41.7in) and likely belonged to a 300-400 pound turtle and a once valuable member of the critically endangered wild population. The discovery […]

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Battle against turtle poaching continues

Battle against turtle poaching continues

| 23/07/2018 | 43 Comments

(CNS): Following news that poachers made off with a wild turtle that had been nesting on Barkers Beach last week, the Department of Environment has confirmed that they managed to save another turtle on Seven Mile Beach that poachers had flipped on its back in the early hours of 11 July, thanks to the vigilance […]

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Poachers smash police car, escape with nesting turtle

Poachers smash police car, escape with nesting turtle

| 20/07/2018 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service has confirmed that one of their patrol vehicles was damaged in a collision with suspected turtle poachers early Tuesday morning, after they were called to a report of a turtle in distress at Barkers. Police said the call came into them around 6am, and when a patrol car in […]

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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 tempted to poach during the open […]

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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 powers to stop illegal fishing, and where it […]

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DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

| 22/08/2017 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Two of the Department of Environment’s (DoE) conservation officers were in action again last week saving a female green sea turtle from poachers. The turtle was discovered by Chadd Bush tied up on her back in the bushes in the Sand Hole area of West Bay, on Wednesday night, the DoE stated. It appears […]

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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 and flippers by four […]

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Missing poachers arrested after JMU and DoE chase

Missing poachers arrested after JMU and DoE chase

| 14/03/2017 | 94 Comments

(CNS) UPDATED TUESDAY: The RCIPS has confirmed that two suspect poachers have been found and arrested. Yesterday, the police said officers from the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit and the Department of Environment had tracked a group of suspected poachers aboard a canoe Monday, but the men went missing. The RCIPS appealed to the public to […]

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DoE urges people not to support poachers

DoE urges people not to support poachers

| 04/11/2016 | 10 Comments

(CNS): As the conch and whelk season opened this week, officials from the Department of Environment urged people not to support poaching and abide by the catch regulations to help preserve stocks. DoE Senior Research Officer John Bothwell explained why the limits are important even during open season. “Only responsible consumption of these species can […]

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