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Litter Law charges considered in mangrove concrete dumping

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.

Rare Brac shrub gets species protections

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.

Cayman parrots vulnerable to storms

A mix of severe hurricanes, habitat loss and poaching have taken a heavy toll on Cayman’s native parrots.
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Free event offers insight on National Conservation Law

A free educational session hosted by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands will answer questions about the National Conservation Law.

Landmark environmental legislation under review

A broad committee including developers, environment and tourism officials, legal experts and government leaders has been assembled to review the island’s National Conservation Law.

Conch, whelk season closes until November

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.

Shark deaths a concern for Cayman researchers

Despite becoming a protected species in the territory since the introduction of the National Conservation Law, sharks continue to be targeted.

Lobster season comes to a close

The National Conservation Law sets the closed season for lobster from March 1 through Nov. 30, and nobody is allowed to take lobster from Cayman waters during that period.

Campaign groups plan town hall meeting Saturday

Campaigners for a referendum on the cruise port are hosting a community meeting, bringing together groups working on various related issues including beach access and the proposed development of land on the Barkers peninsula.

Barkers in the balance

Jutting like a crooked finger into the North Sound, Barkers peninsula offers a glimpse of what Grand Cayman might have looked like to the first settlers – the verdant island set in blue Caribbean sea, exalted in our national song.

Six percent of Cayman Islands protected under conservation law

Just over 6 percent of land in the Cayman Islands has been protected from development and other threats since the National Conservation Law was established five years ago, officials confirmed this week.

Committee to review conservation law

A review committee will be set up to recommend changes to the National Conservation Law, with Premier Alden McLaughlin outlining concerns that the landmark legislation has tipped the scales too far in favor of environmental protection.

EDITORIAL – Conservation Law: Time to reexamine, revise … or rewrite

Like cavalry to the rescue, a review committee may soon recommend changes to the law, which bestowed a shocking amount of power on a small appointed group, enabling them to trample the rights of property owners while pushing their agenda on private citizens and public bodies.

Planning begins for management of new protected areas

With six more protected areas added to the National Conservation Law, work is under way to acquire land and establish management protocol.

Premier is correct: sections 41 and 43 of National Conservation Law are ridiculous

The provisions of sections 41 and 43, in my opinion, do not meet the test, mandated by the Constitution, of a reasonable balance between protecting the environment and development for the benefit of the Islands.

Premier: ‘Ridiculous’ parts of Conservation Law will be removed

Battle lines are being redrawn in the conflict between development and the environment as the government prepares to walk back some of the provisions of Cayman’s National Conservation Law.

Hunting season set to begin for Cayman’s game birds

Hunting season begins soon for Cayman’s game birds. The Department of Environment sent out a notice Tuesday alerting hunters that the blue-winged teal and white-winged dove will soon be on the menu. Hunting for blue-winged teal is prohibited from May through August.

Brac cliffs nominated for protection

The cliff faces of Cayman Brac have been nominated to be protected areas under the National Conservation Law.

Ministers’ plan splits law enforcement roles

The Progressives-led coalition government has divided responsibilities for law enforcement agencies among government ministries, one led by the premier and the other by Minister Tara Rivers.

Tie a yellow ribbon around the Aegiphila caymanensis tree

Health City Development construction crews must tread carefully as they work to build a new apartment complex to serve medical tourists at the growing facility.

Cayman’s first protected areas approved by Conservation Council

Plans to turn part of the Barkers peninsula into a national park, protected from development, have taken a step closer after the approval of 11 pieces of land on Grand Cayman and Little Cayman as the islands’ first protected areas.

Butchered eagle ray found in East End

A fisherman made the gruesome discovery Friday of an eagle ray, with its wings sliced off, floating in the shallows off East End. Joel Jefferson said it appeared as though the ray’s wing-like pectoral fins had been cut off and the animal thrown back in the water and left to die.

EDITORIAL – Legal Practitioners Bill: One complex law (plus 200 amendments)

“When you have the votes, vote. When you don’t have the votes, talk.”That’s a political axiom which applies neatly to the situation facing Cayman Islands legislators in relation to the Legal Practitioners Bill.

EDITORIAL – Why would anyone stab a nurse shark?

The recent video of a Cayman Brac scuba diving instructor removing a large kitchen knife from the head of a nurse shark has drawn thousands of views and sparked near-universal condemnation from commenters who, like us, are astonished that a human being could be so cruel to an innocent and graceful animal.

Salt Creek mangroves nominated as protected area

Public access to a small section of mangrove wetlands in West Bay is being touted as a potential solution for the successful maintenance of a natural area which is among six sites on Grand Cayman slated for consideration as protected areas under the National Conservation Law.

Cayman Brac diver removes knife from shark

A scuba diving instructor was leading a group of tourists on a dive off Cayman Brac when he made the bizarre discovery of a shark with a kitchen knife sticking out of its head. Brett Johnson coolly swam down and removed the knife from the shark, which appears to have survived the ordeal.

Barkers National Park plan revived

Plans to turn part of the Barkers peninsula into a national park are included in an initial list of proposals for the Cayman Islands’ first protected areas.

800-pound parrot

EDITORIAL – ‘Road kill’: The impact of the impact assessment

The political cliché “There’s plenty of blame to go around” does not apply to the controversy now swirling around the announcement by the National Conservation Council’s unanimous decision to require an environmental impact assessment before the “Ironwood road” can proceed.

EDITORIAL – Head-on collision: New highway and environmental law

A highway is plotted directly through the “ecological heart of Grand Cayman.” On one side are elected leaders who support the project. On the other are officials charged with protecting the environment. What we have here, folks, is a high-stakes game of chicken.

After Smith Cove ‘saved,’ is battle for Barkers next?

Just days after sealing a deal to buy part of Smith Cove, government is facing calls to purchase another piece of oceanfront real estate to protect it from a planned development. A private landowner is going before the Central Planning Authority on Wednesday.

Points system devised for protected land

A detailed scoring system has been devised to assess nominations for land to be protected under the new National Conservation Law.

Enforcement officers fighting poaching

Environment officials are concerned about an apparent rise in poaching despite new legislation increasing the powers of conservation enforcement officers and providing new legal protection for a variety of species.

EDITORIAL – Force of ‘nature’: An activist on the public payroll

Any “environmentalist” worth his or her salt is a fierce soldier, eager to take up arms against perceived adversaries. Remember that if your battle cry is “save the environment,” it must be saved from someone — that is, other humans.

Full National Conservation Law now in force

The final sections of the National Conservation Law, including a legal requirement for threats to the environment to be considered in planning decisions, came into force Monday.

Conservation Council begins search for land to protect

The National Conservation Council is seeking nominations from the public for land to be protected for conservation purposes.

Cayman recognizes World Oceans Day

In recognition of World Oceans Day, Environment Minister Wayne Panton on Wednesday reasserted his commitment to seeing the National Conservation Law fully implemented as soon as possible and to bringing proposals to enhance and “future-proof” Cayman’s national system of marine parks.

Sharks to be celebrated at June 4 festival

An event to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the introduction of shark protection laws in the Cayman Islands will be held next week.

EDITORIAL – ‘Tip of the spear’: The Conservation Council’s conflicts

When it comes to the National Conservation Council and its potential conflicts, we feel that concerns over fishing methods and fish species may end up being just “the tip of the spear.”

Warning after dead stingray find

Environment enforcement officers once again warned that killing sharks and stingrays is now illegal in the Cayman Islands after a dead stingray was found on a South Sound beach.

National Trust buys up wetlands

The National Trust purchased 131 acres of wetlands across the Cayman Islands during a year-long campaign in 2015 and is now turning its attention to buying and protecting the dry forest habitat of Cayman’s parrots.

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