Sunday 15 December, 2019

Forbes article applauds marine conservation efforts in Cayman

Marine Scientists from CCMI doing coral gardening.

Marine Scientists from CCMI doing coral gardening.

A recent article published in Forbes has applauded the Cayman Islands as "Trendsetters of Marine Conservation Tourism."

From shopping, to dining, to drinking, to scuba and even hardcore coral gardening and science education-- the Cayman Islands has the market cornered on initiatives that aim to save the oceans. The article makes specific reference to local organisations and businesses such as the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, CayBrew, Cayman Eco Divers, Guy Harvey, Plastic Free Cayman and Sea Sense, the sustainable fish project of the National Trust of the Cayman Islands.

According to the article, "Cayman Islands is the coastal home to 119,605 km2 of national waters that includes the deepest area of the Caribbean Sea (known as the Cayman Trench— at approximately 25,216 feet below sea level), hundreds of dive sites, 60 species of coral and more than 500 fish species. The beauty and diversity of the three islands’ marine environment has earned it multiple awards for Best Overall Dive Destination in the Caribbean and more than $69 million in marine-related tourism income (Wolfs Company, 2017)."

With all of the controversy surrounding the port project, it is wonderful to be reminded that this country is doing wonderful things in the area of marine conservation.

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