Event to celebrate Cayman’s sharks

| 27/05/2016

CNS Local Life(CNS): Marine Conservation International (MCI) and the Department of Environment (DoE) are holding “SharKY Fest” on 4 June 2016 at Dive Tech at Lighthouse Point, West Bay from 12pm to 5pm. The event is being organised to promote shark conservation and raise awareness about the new law concerning shark protection in the Cayman Islands.

The protection of Cayman’s sharks is one of the major achievements of the MCI and DoE research programme. Since April 2015, the National Conservation Law has provided complete protection of sharks in Cayman waters. SharKY Fest is part MCI outreach, in partnership with the DoE, Darwin Plus and the Cayman Islands Brewery.

SharKY Fest is a free family and community event with an afternoon of shark-based fun. There will be shark-themed stalls and free kids’ activities including self-crafted souvenirs, which can be taken home. Award-winning photographer Ellen Cuylaerts will be exhibiting her underwater shots. Cayman Sea Sense, under the National Trust for the Cayman Islands, will be providing information on sustainable seafood.

The winners of the SharKY poster competition will be announced with prizes awarded. Visitors will be able to view the short film “Best of Underwater Visual Survey”.

Throughout the event, there will be short talks about the wonder of Cayman’s sharks, the new shark-protection law, the benefits of sharks to Cayman and what it is like to dive with sharks.

Discounted cocktails, kids punch and free finger food will be on offer, with entertainment provided by the Swanky Kitchen Band, Trio Vivo and the Stingrays.

For more information about shark research, visit the DoE website and MCI website

For details about the event, go to the SharKY Facebook page

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Category: Marine Environment

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