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National Conservation Council chairman McFarlane Conolly has issued an open appeal to poachers to end their assault on local wildlife.
As Cayman's turtle-nesting season gets under way, a new research paper prepared by the Cayman Islands Department of Environment and the University of Exeter in the UK has tracked a major increase in the sea turtle-nesting population over 22 years.
A man and woman were arrested at Kaibo Public Beach Thursday for allegedly taking marine life from a marine park out of season.
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A female sea turtle was rescued from poachers Wednesday night after a conservation officer discovered her tied up in the sand in West Bay. Officer Chadd Bush reported coming across the scene, where three men had the turtle tied, flipped on her back and ready to load into a gold pickup truck.
Environment enforcement officers are seeking public assistance to catch rogue fishermen believed to be responsible for killing at least two eagle rays.
Two West Bay men were arrested on suspicion of marine offenses following a police search in the Barkers area Monday. The Joint Marine Unit was asked to help the DoE in tracking two suspected conch poachers who were spotted in a canoe in the North Side.
The revival of nesting sea turtles in Grand Cayman continued in 2016, despite a reported increase in poaching incidents. Across all three islands, volunteers counted a total of 430 nests: 305 in Grand Cayman, 89 in Little Cayman and 36 in Cayman Brac. The figures represent a record total for Grand Cayman.
The Department of Environment has asked the public to pay close attention to open and closed seasons for a variety of marine species in Cayman’s waters. The seasons have been put in place as a means of ensuring the long-term sustainability of Cayman’s marine resources
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.
A large nesting turtle was rescued after being dragged off a West Bay beach by poachers – the fifth recorded instance of suspected turtle poaching this year.