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DoE encourages more reporting of environment offences

Now conch season may be in full swing, but that also means conservation officers have to step up their monitoring to guard against over harvesting.
Given the limited number of officers on the payroll Department of Environment Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie says the public has a critical role to play in that effort, especially through the DOE mobile app Siren Cayman.
Now Siren Cayman gives the public a chance to report any odd environment related activity they may witness either at sea or on land such as over fishing or harvesting conch over the catch limit.
And Mrs Ebanks-Petrie is urging the public to download the app.
“We give it our best shot, but we just don’t have the number of officers that it would really take to really cover that area so it is one of reasons why we have gone the root of a public app trying to use technology. The enforcement officers also have an app,” Mrs Ebanks-Petrie says.
Keep in mind it is also illegal for restaurants and other establishments to accept illegally poached lobster and conch – or numbers well above what is allowed.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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