Cayman Islands company Cornwall Consulting has been selected to manage the islandwide green iguana cull project following a competitive bidding process involving five firms, government announced Wednesday.
The cull effort, the largest ever undertaken in the Cayman Islands, gets under way on Monday, Oct. 29, with more than 340 registered Caymanians and local businesses participating. Each culler has pledged to cull a set quota of green iguanas in the first month for delivery to the George Town landfill.
Cornwall Consulting, led by Karl Noble, will be responsible for accepting delivery of deceased green iguanas at the landfill and keeping count of the deliveries.
The company is also tasked with paying the cullers for each deceased green iguana delivered. Payments will be made every two weeks.
Cornwall Consulting was chosen following the issuance of a request for proposals on Aug. 30 by the DoE, and was selected by government’s procurement committee as the bid winner due to its strong record of financial management and accounting experience, according to a press release from the DoE Wednesday. The company, an offshoot of Cornwall Property Services, signed a contract with the Ministry of Health, Environment, Culture and Housing on Friday.
DoE Terrestrial Resources Unit Manager Fred Burton said Cornwall Consulting will subcontract with the registered cullers to ensure the green iguana cull operation runs smoothly.
“Cornwall will manage adjustments to the initial culling quotas given to those registered cullers and will report regularly to the Green Iguana Cull Project Steering Committee,” he said.
Mr. Burton added that information on how many green iguanas have been culled will be reported to DoE each day and will be posted on its website at www.doe.ky.
Mr. Noble said he was happy his firm had been chosen as part of the solution to the island’s growing iguana problem.
“The invasive green iguana population affects all Grand Cayman residents,” he said. “With DoE’s quantification of the green iguana population at 1.1 million to 1.6 million, and the prospect of significant increases over time, my firm felt strongly that we had to become involved to help solve this threat to our environment. We are encouraged that the DoE chose our firm and we believe that the resources exist locally to prevent the damage that would otherwise occur if this invasive species is left unchecked.”
Environment Minister Dwayne Seymour said he was looking forward to the commencement of the cull.
“The 2018/19 Green Iguana Cull Project has the full support of the Cayman Islands Government,” he said in a press release. “We’re pleased to see Caymanian cullers and Caymanian businesses benefitting directly from this effort.”