The Department of Environment has a newly christened enforcement boat on the waters to help tackle illegal fishing and other contraventions of the marine laws.
The boat’s new name, ConVictor, was unveiled at the 25th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of marine parks Monday evening.
Dan Etherington’s submission won the naming competition, the moniker being a combination of the words “conservation” and “victory”, Gina Ebanks-Petrie, director of environment, told the packed event at the George Town Library.
Mr. Etherington received a $250 voucher from Harbour House Marina for coming up with the new name.
The Department of Environment has seven enforcement vessels – four in Grand Cayman, one in Cayman Brac and two in Little Cayman, said Chief Environment Officer Mark Orr.
The newly named boat is not new to the department’s fleet, but before it was named, it was simply known at the DoE Panga, after the make of the boat. It had previously been used on Cayman Brac for enforcement and recently the department installed a new engine in it.
The 25th anniversary event also included an open house at which the work done by the department was on display, along with posters drawn by children as part of a contest.
Attendees also got a taste of lionfish escovitch prepared by Michael’s Genuine restaurant and supplied by divers who took part in a culling tournament over the weekend. Some 431 lionfish were caught, weighing a total of 168.8 pounds.
Jarrett Nicholson caught the largest lionfish, which was almost 10.7 inches long.
The department held a boat naming competition to find a fitting name for the vessel.