All posts tagged: conservation

Environmental Career Opportunity: The Department of Environment, Cayman Islands

For those of you who are passionate about protecting the environment and have a background in communications and/or marketing there is a fantastic job opportunity with the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE) available.  This job opportunity allows you to merge your dedication for conservation and raising awareness about environmental issues with your creative talents to help create a positive impact in the Cayman Islands community. About the DOE: “The DoE works to facilitate responsible management and sustainable use of the natural environment and resources of the Cayman Islands through various environmental protection and conservation programmes and strategies.” –DOE The Department of Environment invites applications for the position of Public Education and Outreach Officer.  CLOSING DATE: Friday February 23rd 2018, click this link to view further details on job description and application  http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome/government/jobs/vacancies?p_id=9999294&p_pagegroupid=1142.   Photo Credit: Johanna Kohler

Dive Into Coral Reef Conservation

Grand Cayman Eco Divers has officially launched their non-profit foundation “Eco Divers Reef Foundation” established 28 November 2017 and is based in the Cayman Islands.  Founders Brittany Balli and Aaron Hunt, are a husband and wife team, that are dedicated to their Coral Nursery Program aimed to restore fragile and damaged reefs in the Cayman Islands.  A primary focus of their coral conservation efforts is maintaining local coral nurseries and coral out plant sites.  Since the inception of coral nurseries in the Cayman Islands it has proven to be successful.  Likewise, they are devoted to ensuring a positive future for Cayman’s reefs by educating the youth and the community of the Cayman Islands about the importance of coral reefs, ocean conservation and the proper techniques of working with coral nurseries.  Their non-profit foundation was created as a separate organization from their dive company Grand Cayman Eco Divers to help generate funding for coral conservation efforts in the Cayman Islands. Conserving Cayman’s Reefs   Over the last few decades, the Cayman Islands has seen a significant …

Dive In: Guy Harvey’s Ocean Conservation Month & Fundraiser

Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation has designated November as Ocean Conservation month. This is a first for the Cayman Islands and is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness about issues our oceans and marine life face as well as ocean conservation efforts. To kickoff the month of November, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation will be hosting their 3rd annual fundraiser on Wednesday 8th November 2017. The event will take place at Luca restaurant from 6:30pm-9:30pm, and will include both a live and silent auction. This is a cocktail party not to be missed, as the keynote address will be presented by special guest Dr. Ellen Prager. Tickets are on sale now at Guy Harvey Gallery and Shoppe, CI$150.00 for a ticket and all proceeds raised will go towards funding the biannual Southern stingray survey and shark tagging by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Throughout the month, there will be a focus on: Shark Talk – educational documentaries and talks for all local students at the Regal Cinema; an educational pack and short videos made available to schools …

The National Trust for the Cayman Islands: 30th Anniversary

  Since its inception in 1987, The National Trust for the Cayman Islands has been dedicated to the conservation of both our island’s heritage and environment.  The exceptional staff and volunteers do a tremendous job to ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy and cherish our island’s history, national monuments and parks as well as protected environmental areas.  If such assets to our islands that enriches our community are not protected then sadly they may become lost, destroyed or even forgotten.  Thirty years of preservation and conservation by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands is a proud and monumental milestone for the non-profit.  It is one most deserving of being celebrated as are our historic and environmental sites that the National Trust of the Cayman Islands are custodian of.  Some of the popular sites that have become very dear to the hearts of locals and tourists include: the Mission House, Mastic Trail, Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park, and the Blue Iguana Recovery Program On Saturday, 23rd September 2017, at Pedro St. …

World Oceans Day 2017

The ocean is the heart of our planet and it is our life-support system.  Oceans provide over 50% of the world’s oxygen, so it is vital that we maintain a healthy ocean.  We depend on the ocean for our survival.  Coral reefs are home to 25% of marine life.  Coral reefs are often viewed as the rainforest of the sea and have intrinsic value. The caribbean alone has lost approximately 80% of its coral reef coverage.  Coral reefs on a global scale are under threat.  There is an urgent need to protect the ocean and preserve coral reefs. The ocean has this incredible power to unite us— we all are connected to the ocean. The ocean is vast and full of wonderment and spectacular beauty.  Let us all join together to help protect the ocean and conserve coral reefs.  It is important that we also take the time to connect with nature and celebrate the beauty of our planet. A simple way we can create positive change is by recycling and removing trash scattered along …

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Blue Iguanas: A National Treasure

Photo Credit: Fred Burton The Blue Iguana is endemic to Grand Cayman.  Currently, there is approximately 1,000 Blue Iguanas in the wild.  The Blue Iguana Recovery Program has been dedicated to the conservation of these beautiful creatures since 1990.  The staff and their team of volunteers do an incredible job protecting the Blue Iguanas and ensuring their conservation.  The recovery program has been successful in increasing the population of the Blue Iguanas so much that they are no longer considered critically endangered and at one time close to extinction. This being said, the “Blue’s” are still an endangered species.  The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park is home to one of their sanctuaries and the Blue Iguana Recovery Program.   The recovery program focuses on captive breeding, to later release them into the wild.  Captive breeding has proven to be the most effective way to restore their population and is fundamentally why Blue Iguanas continue to exist today.  Staff members also collect valuable data from research as they study the behaviors and health of the Blue …