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The Planning Department has issued cease and enforcement notices to luxury condominium Regal Beach Club after its repair work was flagged as "unauthorized."
The Department of Environment is coordinating a national effort to combat the deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease impacting over 20 species of reef-building...
Just under $100,000 from the Department of Environment’s budget has been diverted to help combat the spread of the deadly stony coral tissue loss disease.
The director of the Department of Environment says a cease-and-desist notice has been formally served to a developer who was caught illegally clearing mangroves on the company’s property in Red Bay.
The Department of Environment has issued a reminder to the public not to harass or disturb marine wildlife after videos and photos of a shark spotted close to shore along Seven Mile Beach made the rounds over the weekend.
The National Conservation Council is requesting public input on its proposed plan to protect the rare Aegiphila caymanensis shrub, which is unique to Grand Cayman and has been listed as critically endangered.
National Concrete has been warned by the Department of Environmental Health that it may face prosecution under the Litter Law, after a company truck was photographed Monday discharging excess concrete into a Red Bay mangrove.
The Department of Environment will not recommend prosecution against National Concrete, after a company truck was spotted Monday evening dumping concrete into a mangrove swamp in Red Bay.
The Department of Environment has not yet given the go-ahead for work to start on removing parts of the ironshore to create a saltwater tidal pool at the FIN development on South Church Street.
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.
Hundreds of divers joined a two-day volunteer effort this week to help save the coral reef at Eden Rock that had been smothered by sand.
About 100 divers gathered at Eden Rock Dive Centre Wednesday afternoon to help the Department of Environment clear sand that had swamped a section of reef off the George Town coastline.
The full effects of the January’s 7.7 earthquake are still coming to light, this after a man discovered an crack on the seabed of the South Sound lagoon.
The Department of Environment's turtle-rescue team sprang into action over the weekend to save a green sea turtle after it got stuck in a swimming pool.
Friday’s Compass (17 July) was one of the most uplifting and encouraging papers I have ever read. Of course, we are all delighted with...
Cayman’s reefs are under attack from the mysterious, but deadly Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease that has ravaged Florida’s coral reefs.
Cayman’s pristine shoreline is once again under attack from a familiar foe as mounds of sargassum have started washing up on local beaches.
Last month, just off the coast of Cayman Brac, fishermen discovered debris from a Russian rocket. Early Wednesday morning, stargazers may get a glimpse of a satellite launched from that same rocket.
A nurse shark was killed and two others, along with several species of fish, were rescued by Department of Environment officers after the marine creatures became trapped in a ‘ghost net’ in South Sound, near the Pallas wreck.
The Department of Environment has warned against overfishing amid the escalating financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis.
The Department of Environment says unapproved mangrove-forest clearing is a problem they are not authorised to act on.
Protect Our Future members marked Global Wetlands Day on Monday by protesting the destruction of mangroves at an Old Prospect Road site after a developer removed the vegetation and filled the area without planning permission.
A fishing device with a ghost net, measuring a total length of 877 feet, was found floating off George Town harbour Tuesday.
The increasing presence of plastics in the Caribbean Sea has created an environment rife with unnatural perils for marine life. In Cayman, the public...
Even though Cayman’s Nassau grouper numbers are increasing, government restrictions on catching the fish will continue.
Those behind the 2020 green iguana cull say they will be going into communities to seek permission from homeowners to help reduce complaints of trespass.
Local conservation efforts to resuscitate the population of the critical endangered Nassau grouper population lauded.
The 2020 edition of the green iguana cull has started and already 594 of the animals being turned in to the Department of Environment in the first three days of this year's cull.
The Department of Environment has suspended issuing new Stingray City/Sandbar licences.
Cayman's tourism industry is thriving. But amid the debate over if and how to develop the island's port facilities, some are wondering, if the growth in visitors is sustainable and what the impact of rising visitation might mean for the island over the coming decades.
Government puts a cap on licences issued for Stingray City.
The Department of Environment and the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation raise concern after two stingrays were injured in quick succession by boats at the sandbar.
Two men have been detained for the assault of a senior Department of Environment conservation officer who suffered a head injury on Tuesday during an arrest in East End. They have since been bailed.
A Department of Environment investigation is underway onto the assualt of a conservation officer who was left nursing a head injury on Tuesday. It followed a confrontation with a suspect in East End.
A year after it launched, the Department of Environment's island-wide cull of invasive green iguanas has removed 1,028,305 of the animals from the population.
The Department of Environment has renewed its call for drivers on Cayman Brac to slow down when travelling through areas inhabited by rock iguanas. Local conservationists mourn the death of Gungchul, a rock iguana, after the animal was run over by a vehicle on Tuesday near The Bat Cave, on South Side Road.
New numbers from the Department of Environment said the current tally of turtle nests found in Grand Cayman this year is set to surpass the 406 nests recorded in all three islands in 2018. The DoE said it has already been one of its busiest turtle seasons to date.
A routine turtle nest excavation turned up a unique find for the Department of Environment’s turtle team on Friday, when they unearthed a rare albino sea turtle hatchling.
Nearly a year’s worth of iguana culling has yielded “spectacular” results, according to officials at the Department of Environment, but that doesn’t mean the battle is over.
Sixty Cayman parrots have been signed up for registration so far under the Department of Environment’s ongoing amnesty. The department said 54 birds on Grand Cayman and six on Cayman Brac have been signed up.
A social media video showing a sea turtle nest being dug up has prompted a warning from the Department of Environment.
The Department of Environment issued a warning to pet owners Friday after roaming dogs were caught on camera attacking a nesting turtle along a West Bay beach.
The number of green iguanas turned in by Grand Cayman’s cullers took a dip this past week compared to the previous period.
Around 40 neighbouring residents spelled out some of their objections to a 125-room Mandarin Oriental hotel and condo development in Beach Bay during a meeting of the Central Planning Authority Wednesday.
Cayman’s cullers took 14,844 green iguanas out of the ecosystem last week, marking their most successful period in more than two months.
This year is not shaping up as a good one for Cayman’s coral population.
Sybil’s crownbeard, named in 2018 in honour of Grand Cayman’s Sybil McLaughlin and Cayman Brac’s Sybil Jackson, occurs along a limited stretch in Cayman Brac that includes Spot Bay and the Big Channel Bluff Road area.
Department of Environment officers, en route by boat to Cayman Brac last week, freed a turtle they came across that was trapped in a floating ‘ghost net’.
Weeks after government workers cleared 200 tons of sargassum from Grand Cayman’s coastlines, the invasive seaweed has returned to the island.
If something is not done, Fred Burton says, the Cayman parrot may cease to be.
The Department of Environment will soon find out whether its iguana culling programme is making an impact.
The Department of Environment offered a $200 reward for anyone who located a satellite tag that dislodged from a Caribbean reef shark off Little Cayman on Thursday night, but the tag was found in the end by one of the department’s own officers.
Last week, cullers removed 9,011 invasive green iguanas from Grand Cayman, the lowest number in a single week since the culling project began in October last year.
A group of children had a magical and educational experience on Thursday night when they got to see up close the release of 100 baby turtles into the wild.
Last week, cullers removed 9,232 invasive green iguanas from Grand Cayman, the lowest number in a single week since the culling project began in October last year.
Following more than two months of consistently strong results, Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers delivered fewer than 13,000 culled iguanas to the George Town landfill last week. Still, that was enough to boost the total number of culled iguanas past the 800,000 mark.
A juvenile loggerhead turtle found floating in a net off Barkers Beach had to be euthanised because of its injuries, the Department of Environment said Thursday.
Figures for culled green iguanas have reached more than three quarters of a million.
Longtime residents of Grand Cayman will already know how drastically the island has changed in recent decades, as construction and development have accelerated to keep pace with a growing population. Analysis from the Department of Environment can help quantify how drastic that change has been for the island’s wetlands.
The discovery of a second population of a rare flower found only in Grand Cayman has altered plans for a residential development in order to protect the species.
Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers delivered 29,925 lizards to the George Town landfill last week, the largest weekly total since mid-December.
One of the Cayman Islands’ most popular turtle nesting beaches will be put under round-the-clock surveillance in a pilot project to help tackle poachers.
Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers delivered more than 24,000 reptiles to the George Town landfill last week, making it the fifth time in the past six weeks that they culled more than 22,000 iguanas.
Despite a ban on shark fishing and 10 years of focussed conservation effort, the apex predator remains vulnerable in Cayman’s waters.
Following a brief dip, Grand Cayman’s green iguana cullers posted strong results again last week, removing nearly 27,000 of the invasive lizards from the island.
More than a third of all marine mammals around the world; more than 40% of amphibian species. The prospect is — or ought to be — unthinkable.
A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.
Anyone possessing, attempting to sell or attempting to buy locally caught conch or whelks during the closed seasons will face prosecution under the National Conservation Law, according to the Department of Environment.
Despite becoming a protected species in the territory since the introduction of the National Conservation Law, sharks continue to be targeted.
Cayman cannot control the ocean currents that occasionally steer sargassum in our direction, but working together, we can be prepared with a quick, efficient and effective response when it does.
Last year, DoA impounded 388 dogs, according to records reviewed by the Compass. That is more than a dog per day – far too many for our little island.
You know it must be springtime in the Cayman Islands when the first turtle nests are recorded on the islands’ beaches.