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Tour encourages voters to judge harbour for themselves

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands embraced the ‘show, don’t tell’ philosophy on Sunday morning, taking dozens of guests out on the Nautilus submarine to witness sites in George Town Harbour that many have only read about.

Environmental activists take port message to waterfront

Protesters lined the George Town waterfront on Friday, as part of a growing environmental movement driven by student activists.

Student activists turn the lens on Cayman’s growing pains

A new campaign by the student group focusses on the issue of greed by highlighting sites such as the landfill, the cleared KAABOO festival grounds and other locations that demonstrate the strains of development in Grand Cayman.

Cats and cars continue to threaten Sister Islands iguanas

For the Sister Islands Rock Iguana, survival requires a bit of luck. Between feral cats and speeding cars, this once-dominant lizard species is struggling to reach adulthood.

Colours Cayman: Deportation comments in LA ‘blatant and gross abuse of power’

Colours Cayman, the islands’ advocacy group for the LGBTQ community, responded to comments made in the Legislative Assembly on Friday, 22 Nov., that took aim at lawyer Leonardo Raznovich.

Carnival CEO: ‘We’ll be very respectful’ of referendum decision

Carnival Corporation CEO and president Arnold Donald flew into Grand Cayman this month for a quick stopover. Before a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce and government officials, Donald sat down with the Cayman Compass to answer some common questions about the cruise port.

Meet the women behind Cayman’s creative gathering place

Hidden between the warehouses in Cayman’s industrial zone, the islands’ creative community has found a home for art and innovation. Despite the size of the...

Police complaints dominate first year for Ombudsman

In its first full year in operation, the Cayman Islands Office of the Ombudsman received 230 cases, nearly two-thirds of which related to police complaints.

Tendering from ship to shore at George Town Harbour

At terminals that use tender boats, like Grand Cayman or Belize, cruise lines tend to prefer local vessels over their own, often smaller boats. In Cayman, the local boats are operated, in large part, by Caribbean Marine Services.

Lots of jobs but low wages in cruise sector, study shows

The cruise industry generates employment for more than 4,000 people in the Cayman Islands, according to a research report compiled for the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Women push toward more inclusive shipping industry

In jurisdictions like the Cayman Islands, where seafaring laid an economic foundation, attracting and retaining a diversity of young professionals in the maritime industry is about reclaiming heritage.

Murder-suicide determined in deaths of Cayman residents

California investigators have determined that the July deaths of Cayman Islands residents Yvonne Blanco, 69, and husband Keith Henderman, 74, were the result of a murder-suicide orchestrated by Henderman.

For sea turtles and sargassum, the relationship is complicated

At sea, sargassum provides vital shelter for a variety of species. Young turtle hatchlings even hitch rides on these floating mats, as they venture into the open ocean. But when the algae comes ashore in significant quantities, this beneficial relationship is betrayed.

Sargassum fertiliser offers alternative for organic agriculture

When Johanan Dujon began harvesting sargassum in Saint Lucia in 2014, he collected 1,500 pounds of the seaweed. This year, with his company Algas Organics, he is on track to harvest 1 million pounds.

Sargassum houses turn seaweed invasion into economic opportunity

Inspired by memories of his grandparents’ adobe house, a periodic place of refuge, Omar Vazquez developed a low-cost alternative to cement, using a substance that has invaded Caribbean shores in recent years – sargassum seaweed.

To protect tourist economy, resorts invest in seaweed-control business

To protect the paradisiac image of Caribbean beaches, sargassum control has risen as another pillar of the region’s tourist industry – and in Mexico, securing sargassum-control contracts has become competitive.

Eat it to beat it: Sargassum seaweed, baked, boiled and fried

Mats of sargassum seaweed are a treasure trove of surprises. A natural habitat for small marine life, sargassum offers food and shelter to shrimp,...

Mexican Caribbean entangled in seaweed invasion

It’s a hot summer day in Tulum, Mexico. The sun shines down on the white powder sand and tourists fill beach chairs along the...

A regional menace

Sargassum invasions have affected more places than the Cayman Islands. From health concerns in Martinique to reports of a national emergency in Barbados and...

Nearly one ton of plastics cleared from Brac beaches

Try to visualise 1,857 pounds of trash – enough to fill 87 tall kitchen trash bags.
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