As part of the marine parks’ 25th anniversary celebration, the Department of Environment is holding a children’s poster competition.
“Students 16 years and younger are encouraged to express themselves through the design of a reproducible poster that depicts the anniversary theme – Marine Parks: Save Our Tomorrow Today,” said DoE Senior Sustainable Development Officer Joni Kirkconnell.
Recognising that Cayman’s marine resources are increasingly threatened, the Cayman Islands Government passed the Marine Parks Law in April 1986, putting into place on all three islands a system of reserves which was hailed as cutting edge for its time.
Over the past 25 years, there has been increasing international recognition of the ecological and economic importance of marine protected areas.
In the Cayman Islands, the success of the marine parks and Cayman’s reputation for healthy reefs draws millions of visitors to support the economy.
The Cayman Islands are home to priceless natural resources. The coastal ecosystems – coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves – and abundant marine life are vital to the economy and quality of life.
The importance of our marine parks has also been recognised by companies that have made generous donations towards the poster competition.
“We’ve been fortunate to have some really great prizes donated by local companies,” Ms Kirkconnel said. “Contestants of the poster competition have the opportunity to win prizes from Cayman Airways, Yamaha/Automotive Art, Guy Harvey, Cathy Church Photography, Cayman Islands Helicopters, Atlantis Submarine, Harbour House Marina, and Cayman Sea Elements.”
Entries will be displayed at the marine parks open house Monday, 23 May, at the George Town Public Library.
The deadline for entries is 20 May.
Application forms for the competition can be downloaded at www.doe.ky or Ms Kirkconnell can send forms if requests are emailed to [email protected]