Any commercial operator or private vessel owner wishing to license their vessel for the Kittiwake Marine Park for the upcoming licensing year – 1 July, 2012 to 30 June, 2013 – will be able to complete the necessary paperwork beginning 1 June, 2012.
All private vessel licences include two annual passes; commercial vessel licences include three annual passes.
The simple process involves the following steps:
Complete and sign all pages of the licensing agreement
Pay vessel licensing fees (commercial vessels: $150 for first vessel, $75 each additional vessel; private vessels: $50 each)
Commercial operators must also provide the following to license their vessel(s):
Proof of insurance for the vessel
Have current membership with Cayman Islands Tourism Association.
Annual passes to dive and/or snorkel the Kittiwake are also available from the Cayman Islands Tourism Association office. The cost is $25 per year – annual passes are valid 1 July, 2012 to 30 June, 2013 – and allows the registered pass holder unlimited visits to the Kittiwake.
Vessel licensing fees, annual pass and one-day visit passes help to support the Kittiwake Marine Park, including all maintenance of the site, as well as contribute towards an environmental contingency fund.
Cayman Islands Tourism Association and its water sports members said they appreciated the public’s support of the Kittiwake, which had more than 20,000 divers and snorkellers in its first year. It has been covered by media worldwide and is a popular site for locals and visitors to Cayman.
The licensing agreement can be downloaded from www.kittiwakecayman.com or completed at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association office at 1320 West Bay Road during regular business hours, which run Monday to Friday 9am to 4.30pm and Saturdays from 9am to 2pm.
If there are any questions about the process, please contact Cayman Islands Tourism Association at 949-8522.