It was with great pleasure that I read your front page www.caycompass.com article concerning the treatment of the Stingrays at Stingray City.
We need more awareness of this problem. As a long time advocate of responsible treatment of the rays I have become frustrated with the talk about regulating and protecting this valuable resource with no action to back it up.
It is the same individuals who make their living at the sand bar that will end up causing its demise if they do not start acting responsible.
Removing the rays from the water is simply wrong and if it is not stopped we can expect to lose this valuable income producing attraction.
Many of the watersports operators are responsible but just as many allow their crew and photographers to continue to removal of the rays from the water just to make tips or sell more photos.
Stingray City is responsible for millions of dollars flowing into our economy each year.
We cannot afford to lose this due to the short term greed of some.
If the industry does not enforce the regulations itself, which it has proven it is not willing to do, we have no alternative but for government to step in.
This intervention needs to happen sooner rather than later.
I would hate to be sitting around five years from now wondering why the stingrays and the income they produced are no longer with us.
Wake up Cayman; we cannot afford for this to happen.