Caymanian Ocean Champions Launch Essential Experience and Observe Marine Sustainability to Preserve Future Memory in the Cayman Islands for Years to Come
As a resulting Caribbean destination, the Cayman Islands knows a thing or two about maintaining the beauty and diversity of the ocean environment across all three of its islands. In gala of World Oceans Month in June, theA Cayman Islands Department of Tourism( CIDOT) A is partnering with local marine conservation experts to showcase the importance of maintaining a healthy underwater environment. The island destination, home to more than 119,000 square kilometers of national water, approximately 365 dive sites and thousands of species of marine life, will provide virtual educational opportunities and A eco-friendly tips that give future guests and locals the tools to help A preserve A treasures of the destinationas famous deep blue water for years to come.
aCalling 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, a said Mrs. Rosa Harris, Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. aHere 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 Caymanas natural resources and inviting consumers to participate at-home until we can be together again.a
Little Cayman Offers Hope for Coral Reef
One of the worldas most sought-after dive sites and recently named a Mission Blue aHope Spot, a Little Cayman is a paradise of coral and sand that is home to theA Central Caribbean Marine Institute( CCMI ), which protects threatened marine species and monitors pervasive ones. Little Caymanas coral reefs are a vibrant contributor to the islandas rich biodiversity and CCMI has been a champion of reef resiliency for years, despite changing conditions a even increasing reef survival rates by 80 percentage since its inception.
In celebration of World Oceans Month and the launch of Little Caymanas aHope Spot, a CCMI is inviting the public to improve their marine knowledge and stewardship by join its virtual ocean initiative on June 8, 2020. Additionally, as part of the organizationasA aWe Need Healthy Reefsa campaign, CCMI is hosting an underwater photography exhibition and auction, and launching a free and interactive ocean photography webinar. For more information and to register for the World Oceans Month events, individuals can visit the CCMIasA website.
Safeguarding the LegacyA
As an island nation renowned for its exceptional recreational scuba diving, the Cayman Islands is host to a vibrant underwater ecosystem of coral reef that offer never-ending opportunities for discovery.A Ocean Frontiers, a resulting dive operator on Grand Cayman, continually plant and maintain coral nurseries, in order to cultivate healthy reefs that grow and fuel the local ecosystems, ultimately safeguarding the deep-rooted scuba diving culture of the Islands.
To engage ocean lovers in the process, Ocean Frontiers provides year-round opportunities for ecologists, divers, and tourists alike to participate in sustainability. Through unique lionfish culling excursions, responsible diving education, underwater webcams and virtual nursery tours, the Cayman Islands is cutting-edge in its approach to ocean conservation.
Sustaining Stingray City
In the current tourism climate, Caymanians and visitors alike have been concerned for the lovable lights of Stingray City, Caymanas most popular tourist attraction. Officials feared that without ongoing and regular supplemental feeding and human interaction the stingrays would be unable to fend for themselves, however the site and its natural inhabitants has proven to be resilient.
While travelers are staying at-home, the Department of Environment( DoE) was sanctioned to monitor the site and provide daily feedings and human interaction for more than 20 stingrays. Despite initial concerns, the team has reported the lights are still strongly drawn to boat traffic and are gentle when engaging with humans, behaving just as they would under normal tourism conditions.
Though the lapsing in international travelling and uncertainty that imbues todayas news cycle, the Cayman Islands is steadfast in its protection of its stingrays and marine environment a sustaining Stingray City for years to come. For a savour of Stingray City, videos of the quarantine feedings can be found here.
Much like the lights of Stingray City and the resilient coral reefs that occupy the beautiful blue water of the Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism is eager to welcome back international guests and forge new connections and lasting memories created while experiencing the crystal clear Caribbean Sea for many, many years to come.
About the Cayman Islands
Located 480 miles south of Miami in the vibrant tranquility of western Caribbean, this trio of tiny islands is a premier destination for tasteful travellers, adventurous divers, honeymooners and households alike. World-renowned for its idyllic beaches and recognized as a sophisticated, diverse and memorable tourist destination, the Cayman Islands offers spectacular recreational opportunities along with warm and impeccable aCaymankinda service. From large-group journeys and business-focused getaways to ultra-luxurious escapes and multi-generational family vacations, the Cayman Islands offer every component needed to keep guests coming back for more. With an abundance of world-class dining alternatives, a host of escapade activities a including snorkeling, diving, jet skiing, caving, and nature trails a and a variety of meeting spaces for groups both large and small, the Cayman Islands is well-poised to host any type of traveller or special occasion.