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DoE Partial Closure

Effective immediately, the Department of Environment will be closed to the public until further notice for all fishery licencing services. A public service announcement will be made once we are able to resume full walk-in services to the public. Please click below for more information. Contact DoE by telephone (949-8469) or email (DoE@gov.ky) to arrange

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Nassau grouper off limits during closed season

28 November – The closed fishing season for Nassau grouper in Cayman Islands’ waters commences 1 December, 2018 and lasts until 30 April, 2019. During the closed season anyone who takes, purchases, receives, offers for sale, exchanges or donates Nassau grouper commits an offence under the National Conservation Law (NCL). In addition, anyone who possesses

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Minister’s message for ‘World Habitat Day’

Monday, 1 October, 2018 – Each year, the United Nations designates the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day, reflecting on the fact that, while we all have a right to decent housing, we all also share a responsibility to make our communities and homes cleaner and safer. The UN’s theme for this year,

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Illegally taken conch, lobster recovered

18 September, 2018 During an operation off Barkers in West Bay Sunday, 16 September, Department of Environment [DoE] conservation officers recovered dozens of conch and some lobsters that were illegally taken from Cayman waters. Officers had earlier noted two men on board a vessel offshore who appeared to be acting suspiciously and intercepted the men

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Green Iguana Culling – Request for Information (RFI)

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

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National Conservation Council Meeting 27 June 2018

There will be a General Meeting of the National Conservation Council at 1:00 pm on Wednesday 27 June at the Government Administration Building in meeting room 2024. Members of the public are welcome to attend and observe the proceedings.  Anyone wishing to submit comments on any agenda item may do so in writing to ConservationCouncil@gov.ky before 27 June 2018.

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Turtle Friendly Lighting Design & Installation Workshop

In March 2018, the DoE hosted free turtle friendly lighting design and installation workshops for local lighting contractors, designers, and architects. The workshops were led by Karen Shudes and Jennifer Winters, Florida-based turtle friendly lighting experts, who have been involved in turtle friendly lighting projects in excess of 12 years, and have conducted more than

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World Wetlands Day 2018

Happy World Wetlands Day 2018! This year’s theme: “Urban wetlands make cities liveable” is all about urban wetlands and their role for a sustainable future. It reminds us that our wetlands are valuable and that we should work to retain, restore and manage wetlands, integrating them into development for a more sustainable future.  Wetlands provide

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Protecting Cayman Island Sharks: Monitoring, Movement and Motive

Since 2008, the Department of Environment have partnered with Marine Conservation International to study Cayman’s sharks. Until 2016, this project was supported by the Darwin Plus Grant as well as the conservation White Tip Fund from the Cayman Island’s Brewery.  Since 2016, our ongoing shark research has continued with the support of the White Tip

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