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Researchers from the Cayman Islands’ Department of Environment (DoE) and Marine Conservation International (MCI) are currently monitoring the shark, grouper and snapper populations around the Cayman Islands. The project is funded largely by a UK Darwin Plus award and will be supporting Cayman’s commitment to protecting and restoring key species and habitats. As part of the project researches have launched a Citizen Science Programme to give everyone the opportunity to get involved.

Divers, snorkelers and fishermen are asked to upload their photos of any shark, grouper, or snapper onto Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #SpotThatCayFish.  To be able to understand the movement and seasonality of the fish, you need to include the dive or snorkel site, date, time of day, and to acknowledge your part in the programme – your name – in the post on #SpotThatCayFish.

Postcards will be distributed to diving companies around Cayman so that visiting divers and snorkelers can also be involved in the programme.

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Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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