Cayman Islands News

Photo by Paul Humann, copyright Grouper Moon Project

Conservation for Endangered Reef Fish Yields Results

Nassau Grouper populations increased threefold in response to dynamic fishing management actions in the Cayman IslandsA new study from researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has documented a successful recovery effort among Nassau Grouper populations in the Cayman Islands thanks to an approach involving government agencies, academic researchers, and nonprofit organizations.The study, published January 6, 2020 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, used a two-pronged approach including tagging and video census data for monitoring

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Young Innovators to Compete in Underwater Robotics

cities, remote rural areas of the country, Native American reservations in Minnesota, and the Pacific islands. All of these participants have been introduced to STEM though SeaPerch. The 2017 competition will welcome teams from beyond the continental U.S. with groups from Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Cayman Islands, the Virgin Islands and New Zealand.   Georgia Tech, via a contract with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (Georgia Tech’s non-profit applied research arm), is this year’s event partner and co-host. Georgia Tech is a leading research university that provides a focused, technologic

SIO's pinger on bottom in Caymans, acoustic receiver is used from boat (bottom) with remote hydrophone (top)  (Photo: JW Fishers)

Acoustic Devices Aid Researchers and Marine Scientists

scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment."  Dr. Ana Sirovic, an assistant researcher at SIO's Marine Bioacoustic Lab, studies the effects of ocean noise on marine life. On a research project in the Cayman Islands studying the spawning behavior of the Nassau grouper, Dr. Sirovic deployed an array of hydrophones to listen to the sounds of the underwater environment. To ensure the hydrophones could be easily relocated, their position was marked with a JW Fishers SFP-1 acoustic pinger. "In addition to

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SeaPerch: Inspiring The Next Generation

in the National Challenge frequently include students from inner cities to remote rural areas of the country to Native American reservations in Minnesota to the islands of Hawaii, all of whom have now been introduced to STEM though SeaPerch. This year, the organizers welcome teams from Australia, the Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico.   Beginning on Friday afternoon, May 20, arriving teams will first check into their assigned rooms in the LSU residence halls and get settled, then head over to registration in the LSU Carl Maddox Field House where they will check in and submit their ROVs for a compliance

Triton 6600/2 (Image: Triton Submarines LLC)

New Recreation Submersible Dives Deep

will be standard, but owners will be able to add more if needed to support their video operations.”   Dimensions Length: 13 ft Width: 10.8 ft Height: 6.9 ft Weight: 14,300 lbs Pressure hull ID: 56.7 in Hatch ID: 20.1 in   General Certification 1: DNV/GL Certification 2: Cayman Islands Registry  Payload: 550 lbs Depth Rating: 6,600 ft Speed: 3 kn Crew: Pilot + 1 pax Variable ballast: 220 lbs Main ballast: 2,755 lb

New Triton Submarines 1650 -Low Profile- designed to Fit in a Superyacht Tender Garage

Triton 1650/3 LP Introduced at Boat Show

;           23.6 in (600 mm)   General Certification 1:                DNV/GL Certification 2:             Cayman Islands Registry      Payload:                        1,000 lbs (450 kg) Depth Rating:            

   Dr. Guy Harvey and Sir Richard Branson (Photo courtesy of the Guy Harvey Foundation)

Sir Richard Branson Joins Guy Harvey in Great Shark Race

managers are hampered in their management and conservation efforts.   Sir Richard Branson is pushing to have all Caribbean nations provide legislated protection for sharks within the next five years as part of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative. So far the Bahamas, Honduras, the BVI and the Cayman Islands have such legislation in place. The mako shark is a close relative of the white shark and is targeted in commercial long line fisheries for its very tasty flesh. The mako is also a favorite of sport fishermen, as it is known for its incredible speed and ability to jump high out of the water

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CSSC-HPS to Build Jackup Rigs for Alliance

is a large-scale state owned company and member of the China State Shipbuilding Corporation. More recent builds include the 400-ton shallow water heavy lift and pipe-laying vessel and an engineering survey vessel for 3,000 meter water depths. CSSC-HPS joined with TSC Group Holdings, Ltd., a Cayman Islands company and Zentech, Inc. of Houston, Texas to form a new business model for the design of the basic rig (Zentech), fully integrated drilling equipment and control package (TSC Offshore), and construction at the Huangpu Shipyard. The concept is centered on the patented Zentech R-550D, a high

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