Cayman Islands Celebrate World Oceans Month
In celebration of World Oceans Month in June, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) partnered with marine conservation experts to show the importance of maintaining a healthy marine environment.
“Calling attention to the vital role the sea plays in our everyday lives, World Oceans Month serves as a reminder for global citizens to take an active role in fighting for the sustainable future of our oceans,” said Rosa Harris, Director of CIDOT.
“Here in Cayman, we celebrate the ocean and our seafaring roots, but this international celebration provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase the ways in which our partners are protecting Cayman’s natural resources and inviting consumers to participate at-home until we can be together again.”
The Cayman Islands -- home to more than 119,000 square kilometers of national waters, 365 dive sites, and thousands of species of marine life -- will provide virtual learning opportunities and expert tips to educate the public on the importance and preservation of oceans.
Marine Institute Hosts Underwater Photography Exhibit
Little Cayman is a paradise of coral and sand that is home to the Central Caribbean Marine Institute (CCMI), which protects threatened marine species and monitors pervasive ones. As part of its “We Need Healthy Reefs” campaign, CCMI is hosting an underwater photography exhibition and launching a free and interactive ocean photography webinar. For more information, visit the CCMI’s website.
Safeguarding Coral Reefs
Ocean Frontiers, a dive operator on Grand Cayman, is continually planting and maintaining coral nurseries in order to cultivate healthy reefs that grow and fuel the local ecosystems.
Ocean Frontiers provides opportunities for ecologists, divers, and tourists to participate in sustainability through lionfish culling excursions, responsible diving education, underwater webcams and virtual nursery tours.
Sustaining Stingray City
In the current tourism climate, Caymanians and visitors have been concerned about the residents of Stingray City. Officials feared that without ongoing and regular supplemental feeding and human interaction, the stingrays would be unable to fend for themselves.
To solve this problem, the Department of Environment was sanctioned to monitor the site and provide daily feedings and human interaction for more than 20 stingrays.