The Cayman Islands Government Department of Environment (DOE) has commenced the first stage of a Government funded initiative aimed at large scale removal of green iguana in Grand Cayman. As part of that process, the DOE is issuing a Request For Information (RFI) for the purposes of gathering information about the marketplace in order to assist in the determination of local capacity to deliver green iguana culling services.
Grand Cayman is suffering from an explosive population increase of invasive green iguanas, which now number approximately 1.1 million and are now threatening to reach approximately 4.6 million by 2020 unless massive control measures are implemented.
This alien invasive species is causing serious social, economic and environmental damage, affecting homeowners, tourism facilities, businesses, farmers, natural ecosystems and endangered species. Calls for a solution from all these stakeholders and the community at large are growing louder as the iguana population escalates.
Control of this green iguana population is challenging because control measures operate on a rapidly increasing population, and if culling measures do not exceed the rate of population increase, they fail to prevent the problems getting worse.
The purpose of this RFI is to gauge the current and projected future capacity of existing and proposed new local companies engaged in green iguana control, to collectively meet a cull target of the order of 1.4 million green iguanas in the period September 2018 to August 2019.
Included in this RFI is an Item Survey document for respondents to identify their current capacity, and to estimate their potential future capacity to cull green iguanas as part of a large scale operation of this kind. Survey responses will provide DoE insight into the feasibility and will assist in a final determination of the optimum strategy.
If you are interested in participating in the green iguana culling please log on to the procurement office’s bonfire hub by clicking on the link below and completing the free, two-part registration to view and complete the Request for Information questionnaire.