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Government is paying water-sports operators $80,000 to feed stingrays at the Stingray City Sandbar for the next four months.
A water-sports operator is trying to help save his business and preserve the North Sound sandbar by recruiting young ‘stingray guardians’ as part of an after-school snorkel club.
The number of stingrays at the North Sound sandbar has halved as a result of a decline in visitors since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation.
Commercial vessels with wildlife interaction zone (WIZ) licences for Stingray City and the Sandbar can now access the popular sites under specified conditions, according to new regulations released Friday evening.
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.
A rare sighting of black tip reef sharks in the crystal clear water of Stingray Sandbar should be cause for celebration, not alarm, according to the photographer who captured the moment.
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.
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.
A total of 100 stingrays was recorded at the North Sound sandbar at the latest population count last week. At the last count in July 2016, there were 107 rays at the site.
A resident population of stingrays has made the North Sound Sandbar their long-term home, population data from the latest stingray census indicates. Volunteers and scientists...