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Green Iguana Cull 2020 updates – List of iguana cullers

Please check here to receive updated progress reports during the 2020 Green Iguana Cull, in addition to other relevant cull information. Reports from the 2018/19 Green Iguana Cull Project may be found at this link: https://doe.ky/green-iguana-cull-updates/ Also, check out this link for a current list of available Green Iguana cullers: https://doe.ky/list-of-available-green-iguana-cullers/ The below numbers represent

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Comments sought on Meagre Bay plan

12 February – Meagre Bay Pond is one of the Cayman Islands’ oldest protected areas, with no management provisions in place at the present time. This Management Plan seeks to provide an appropriate scale of public access to view birds on the pond and to restore surrounding black mangrove forest and natural patterns of seasonal

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‘Grouper Moon’ project yields dramatic results

8 January – A new study from researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has documented a successful recovery effort among Nassau Grouper populations in the Cayman Islands thanks to an approach involving government agencies, academic researchers and nonprofit organizations. (Press release courtesy of Scripps Institution of Oceanography UC

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DoE asks residents to help document ‘King Tides’

7 January – At certain times, coastal areas around the world will report much higher than normal tidal surges known as perigean spring tides or ‘King Tides’, caused by  several factors including the proximity and alignment of the sun and moon to the Earth. (Graphic courtesy of the US National Ocean Service) In 2020, King

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Green Iguana cull continues in 2020

6 January – The Cayman Islands Green Iguana Cull Project will continue in 2020 and all participating cullers will be required to renew their cull registrations in January. Registration renewals will begin on 6 January, 2020 at the George Town Landfill counting station and continue until the end of January. Participants are asked to bring

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Green Iguana cull 2018/19

The below numbers represent the number of culled Green Iguanas turned in at the George Town Landfill site for each given date between Oct. 29, 2018 and Dec. 21, 2019. Week 60 (Dec 16-Dec 21) Cull Total = 10,320 Week 59 (Dec 9-Dec 14) Cull Total = 14,597 Week 58 (Dec 2-Dec 7) Cull Total

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Conch and whelk open season starts Nov. 1

31 October – The Cayman Islands’ open season for conch and whelk begins Friday, 1 November.  The season will run through 30 April and allows the taking of conch and whelk from coastal waters within legal limits. The legal daily limit for possessing conch during the open season is five per person or 10 per boat

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Amnesty period for ‘pet’ parrots starts Sept. 1st

29 August – Residents who are currently keeping Cayman parrots as pets will be given six months, from 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020, to register those birds with the Department of Environment (DoE). After February 2020, any unregistered Cayman parrots that are still being kept as pets may be seized by DoE conservation officers,

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Greens survey shows sharp population drop

22 October – Surveys of Grand Cayman’s green iguana population completed in August, show a precipitous drop in the number of invasive creatures still living here, based on Department of Environment (DoE) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates. Using data collected in August, via a distance sampling method developed by Dr. Frank Rivera-Milan, the

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DoE urges residents not to dig up turtle nests

23 September – A video circulating on social media in Cayman earlier this month appears to show an individual or individuals digging up a sea turtle nest and encouraging the hatchlings to crawl along the sand toward the sea in broad daylight. Based on Department of Environment (DoE) observations, those in the video seem to

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