The Department of Environment is warning fishermen: catch or kill a shark or ray, and face prosecution under the marine conservation law.
Last week, beachgoers discovered a dead stingray washed up on the beach near Miss Lassie’s house, with a fishing hook still in its mouth.
The DOE told Cayman 27 that, contrary to speculation in other media reports, there is no evidence the animal had been beaten.
“It is quite stressful for the animal, so even after you release it, it might end up dead. In this case, I didn’t see any knife marks or anything like that, so we’re not really sure how it died, but obviously it was post-capture,” said Johanna Kohler, DOE Master’s student
Anyone caught killing or taking sharks or rays can face up to a half million dollars in fines.