An event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the introduction of shark protection laws in the Cayman Islands will be held next week.
Marine Conservation International and the Department of Environment are hosting “SharKY Fest” on June 4, from noon to 5 p.m. at Divetech at Lighthouse Point in West Bay.
Organizers say the aim is to “promote shark conservation and to raise awareness about the new law concerning shark protection in the Cayman Islands.”
Since April 2015, the National Conservation Law has provided protection for sharks in Cayman waters. An exhibition by underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts will be on display, and guests will also get to hear about sustainable seafood by Sea Sense.
The winners of the SharKY poster competition will be announced and prizes awarded. The short film “Best of Underwater Visual Survey” will be screened.
The event is open to families and children, and organizers say fishermen are especially welcome.
Free finger food will be provided by Vivo. Throughout the day, short talks will be held on Cayman’s sharks, the new shark protection law, the benefits of sharks to Cayman and what it is like to dive with sharks.
Entry is free.