The non-profit Stingray Feeding and Interaction Programme is to receive $27,000 per month from the Ministry of Tourism, an increase of $7,000 over previous funding.
The programme, which provides daily food and interaction for the stingrays at the Sandbar, has been running since November last year and was initially granted funding for four months.
According to a press release issued by the SFIP, there are currently 51 experienced and licensed Wildlife Interactive Zone (WIZ) operators running 15 trips per week.
The release says the tourism ministry has agreed to continue funding the programme through June, with an additional $7,000 per month. This will enable 20 trips per week.
“The Program has been a huge success. We’ve seen an increase in the stingray population and a return of the docile and friendly stingray behaviour that makes Stingray City so amazing,” a spokesperson for the SFIP steering committee said. “It’s become a real rallying project for our operators to stay in communication with each other as we monitor and care for our valuable attraction.”
Five operators make up the SFIP steering committee: Ronnie Anglin of Captain Marvin’s Watersports, Dwight Ebanks of Reel Esea Charters, Shaun Ebanks of Kman Sunsplash Watersports, Darney Kelly of Cayman Ocean Adventures and Troy Leacock of Crazy Crab Private Charters.