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A boating incident that left the coral reef at Cayman’s Eden Rock dive site covered in sand was likely an ‘unfortunate accident’, according to both the Port Authority and the Department of Environment.
Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley, a scientist with the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences who visited the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in Little Cayman for several days recently, said the islands’ reefs have fared better than some other places in the Caribbean and around the world when it comes to coral health.
Volunteers with Cayman Eco Divers perform a weekly cleanup of a coral nursery near Divetech’s Lighthouse Point dive site in West Bay.
Small coral colonies sustained serious damage from Cayman’s pirate-themed ship the Jolly Roger when it ran aground during heavy rains on Sept. 10, according to the Department of Environment.
A film screening beneath the stars, with a warm breeze rippling over the sand. It sounds idyllic, but the mood in the audience was somber, even tearful.
A boat captain who pleaded guilty to displacement of coral was fined $1,000 on Monday and thanked for his voluntary work in cleaning up a George Town beach.
Coral nurseries floating in Grand Cayman’s coastal waters have performed better than expected, according to reports from dive groups.
A cargo ship captain had decided to drop pilot services for the George Town port weeks before it crashed into Eden Rock, shearing off large sections from the top of the popular George Town reef.
Over a couple of nights every September, a few days after the full moon, the corals of the Cayman Islands burst into life as their annual spawning gets under way. Last week, divers got to experience the spawning show, which lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.
The Central Caribbean Marine Institute is hosting a two-day international symposium about the future of the world’s coral reefs. The symposium began Monday at St. James’s Palace in London.
Central Caribbean Marine Institute researchers recently joined some 400 top marine ecologists at the 45th Benthic Ecology Meeting in Portland, Maine, to present their findings on Cayman’s marine ecosystems.
A coral restoration expert has joined the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in Little Cayman to help the research organization as it works to protect coral reefs and discover ways to help restore those ecosystems.
The Department of Environment and Paul Allen’s company Vulcan, Inc., on Friday announced the completion of a joint restoration project aimed at helping to speed the recovery of coral in West Bay damaged by Mr. Allen’s yacht in January.
Work will resume Tuesday on repairing an area of coral reef that was damaged when the mega-yacht Tatoosh, owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, dropped anchor off West Bay in January.
Paul Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. issued a statement Saturday accusing Cayman’s Department of Environment of “delaying approving or implementing action” on a remediation plan to repair a large swath of coral allegedly damaged by the anchor of Mr. Allen’s yacht, MV/Tatoosh, in mid-January.
Damage caused to a Cayman Islands coral reef by Paul Allen’s mega-yacht is troubling and ironic, but it is far from the greatest threat facing the fragile ecosystem, according to the head of Little Cayman’s Central Caribbean Marine Institute.
Who will speak for our reefs, if not the Cayman Islands Ministry of Environment?
When will the government do something to prevent the destruction of coral and the environment in the Cayman Islands?
We in the Cayman Islands should exercise great caution not to turn an environmental issue into a “class warfare” issue.
An area of around 13,000 square feet of coral reef habitat within a marine park was impacted by anchor damage from the mega-yacht Tatoosh, according to a survey by Department of Environment divers.