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Tag: Department of Environment

Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

Is pollution monitored in Cayman?

| 06/12/2018 | 4 Comments
Do we have any pollution monitoring here on the island? Ocean water quality, air quality, anything? Are there any statistics, on any topic? On the WHO website it seemed we are the only country that is not proactive in regards to these matters. Auntie’s answer: This is one of those questions that n [...]

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Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

Why are trees being cut down on the beach?

| 19/10/2018 | 7 Comments
I refer to a reader who asked: “And why the hell did they cut down those shady pine needle trees that were near the water on the beach side?” Aren’t SMB and everything on it protected by law? Who and why had cut those trees down? Who permitted the action? SMB is a national treasure [&h [...]

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Regulating use of spear guns

Regulating use of spear guns

| 18/09/2018 | 4 Comments
What are the current laws on importing spear guns or spear gun parts? Can any Caymanian with a clean police record obtain a spear gun licence? Auntie’s answer: I contacted the Department of Environment (DoE) and an official explained that the spear gun licensing programme is being updated to take [...]

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DoE officer praised for commitment to turtles

DoE officer praised for commitment to turtles

| 05/09/2018 | 1 Comment
(CNS Local Life): Department of the Environment (DoE) conservation officer Chadd Oliver Bush has been named the Cayman Islands Government Employee of the Month for July 2018. Deputy Governor Franz Manderson presented the certificate to Bush on Friday, 31 August, for developing “exceptional leaders [...]

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Visitor wants licence to fish in Cayman

Visitor wants licence to fish in Cayman

| 06/08/2018 | 16 Comments
I will be visiting in September. I would like to buy a fishing licence so I can fish from shore. Where can I buy one for a non-resident? Auntie’s answer: There is no requirement to get a fishing licence in the Cayman Islands, either for residents or visitors. A Department of Environment (DoE) offi [...]

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How do you keep scorpions away?

How do you keep scorpions away?

| 05/07/2018 | 23 Comments
UPDATED: Recently I’ve found a couple of scorpions in my house. I was able to deal with them but have a few questions. How do they get into the house and how do you stop them from coming? Also, am I correct that the scorpions found here are not lethal? Auntie’s answer: I have just […] [...]

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Leave the sea turtles alone

Leave the sea turtles alone

| 21/06/2018 | 12 Comments
I saw people at Public Beach recently pick up a turtle that was trying to come in presumably to lay eggs. Only when I said something to them did they put it down and leave it alone, but the turtle then swam back out and didn’t come back. Would you remind people that live and […] [...]

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What happened to the ‘floating restaurant’?

What happened to the ‘floating restaurant’?

| 28/05/2018 | 4 Comments
I went for a boat ride the other day in Governors Harbour and I noticed that the rusting hulk of the wanna-be Stingray City Floating Restaurant, formerly known as MV Aqua, is no longer anchored there. I am hoping that it was safely disposed of and that the owners did not just take it to […] [...]

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Divers log in to benefit sharks

Divers log in to benefit sharks

| 26/04/2018 | 0 Comments
(CNS Local Life): For the past two years a volunteer group of sharkloggers has been assisting the Department of Environment (DoE) in gathering important data on sharks, in turn helping to understand, manage and ultimately protect their population in Cayman. Sharkloggers record sightings during a div [...]

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Wants to rid yard of green iguanas

Wants to rid yard of green iguanas

| 20/07/2017 | 19 Comments
Is there any way of repelling green iguanas from particular areas? Any chemical or plant that will keep them out of my yard? I have a dog but he’s afraid of them and runs away. Auntie’s answer: I think this is one topic most people will agree on – that green iguanas are pests and [… [...]

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Branson dives to promote grouper protection

Branson dives to promote grouper protection

| 17/03/2017 | 0 Comments
(CNS Local Life): Sir Richard Branson said witnessing a massive spawning aggregation of Nassau groupers was “like being in the maternity ward of the ocean, with thousands of fish mating together”. Branson made the dive off the coast of Little Cayman with Dr Guy Harvey, the Cayman Islands Departm [...]

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Applications open for DoE internships

Applications open for DoE internships

| 10/03/2017 | 0 Comments
(CNS Local Life): The Department of Environment is offering summer internships for students ages 15 and over, who live in Grand Cayman and are interested in gaining experience in marine science, terrestrial ecology, sustainable development and related fields. The internships are unpaid volunteer pos [...]

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First lionfish cull of the year set

First lionfish cull of the year set

| 23/02/2017 | 0 Comments
(CNS Local Life): The first lionfish tournament of 2017 is scheduled for 25 and 26 February, with each of the invasive species that is caught analysed by the Department of Environment (DoE), and then sold to local restaurants. The event, organised under the mantle of the Cayman United Lionfish Leagu [...]

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Wants accounting of iguana counters

Wants accounting of iguana counters

| 21/09/2016 | 1 Comment
I would like to find out how many weeks it takes, and money spent, to count iguanas in Little Cayman. Looks like a government vehicle is on the road all day (seven days), not ONE Caymanian among the “counters”.  Who pays for all of that? And why can’t we employ Caymanians, since w [...]

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Wreck at Rum Point needs to be salvaged

Wreck at Rum Point needs to be salvaged

| 18/09/2016 | 9 Comments
Who is responsible for removing a sunken boat at Rum Point? There’s a 25ft boat that sunk while anchored off Rum Point in about four feet of water and it’s been there for over two months! Children have been playing on it, and we’ve noticed it’s starting to fall apart with all [...]

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