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Foul smelling dark red water currently flowing into the sea from a culvert near the South Sound boardwalk is not pollution but mangrove run-off from the nearby wetlands caused by increased rainfall from recent storms, Department of Environment Deputy Director Tim Austin has confirmed.
The National Conservation Council has voted to redirect $7000 from its Environment Protection Fund allocation to continue its CCTV turtle monitoring project in West Bay after a nesting Green Sea turtle was claimed by poachers.
Department of Environment researchers say they are growing increasingly worried as the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, first spotted at Penny’s Arch in the Rum Point Channel, appears to have spread over a four-mile area.
Restrictions at Stingray City and the Sandbar are set to be lifted on 19 July and the Department of Environment is preparing for the return of visitors to the North Sound sites.
Cayman’s reefs are under attack from the mysterious, but deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease that has ravaged Florida’s coral reefs.
Popular nature attraction Starfish Point has seen a resurgence of its namesake animal during the COVID-19 lockdown, and the Department of Environment is urging the public to take extra care when visiting the site.
From 19 July, restrictions on the Sandbar and Stingray City will come to an end and for deputy director of the Department of Environment, Tim Austin, that day cannot come fast enough.
Turtle mating season is underway and Department of Environment Deputy Director Tim Austin is urging people not to disturb the animals.