Cousteau clarifies Cayman port position

Jean-Michel Cousteau

Jean-Michel Cousteau

In the early stages of this process, I was asked to voice my environmental concerns on video regarding a proposed cruise and cargo port enhancement project in the Cayman Islands. At that time, I had some serious concerns based on a 2015 EIA document and information that supported that document.

Since that time, I have spoken with the preferred bidders, Verdant Isle Port Partners, and reviewed the most recent plans, and I am impressed by the amount of work that has gone into responding to the concerns raised by members of the Cayman Islands community. Now is the time for all interested parties in the community to get an understanding of the latest plans and collectively determine what is best for the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands are a beautiful destination, and I’m impressed by the significant efforts being made by Verdant Isle Port Partners and the Cayman Islands Government to ensure a delicate but ever important balance is struck to ensure sustainable development.


Editor’s note: Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society has been working with Carnival Cruise Lines, one of the partners in the Verdant Isle consortium, since September, 2019 on its global  environmental initiatives and policies.


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  1. When I saw Cousteau’s name in an article regarding Ocean environmental concerns, the first feeling I had was relief, thinking this man would stand against the outrageous destruction of reef in George Town, and that he would be a protector of Ocean life and habitat. How disappointing to read he is actually working with Carnival, but not to protect the reefs or do “what is best for the Cayman Islands”. According to the environmental initiatives I read in the link provided, these efforts focus on distribution of used soap and extra food. There is no mention whatsoever of waste disposal, toxic paint, or reef destruction to berth these mammoth ships. Cousteau could make a difference here, and “ensure a delicate” sustainable development of the pier by agreeing it is best to not have it built at all.