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DOE: new study could re-ignite push for Enhanced Marine Parks

The Department of Environment told Cayman 27 it recently completed a valuation study aimed at putting a dollar value on the benefits of our marine ecosystem.

DOE Deputy Director Tim Austin said while our reefs are faring better than some of our neighbors, there’s still more to be done to preserve it. He said the findings of the valuation study are likely to re-ignite the push for enhanced marine parks, as he said Cayman’s current system is becoming outdated.

“There’s plenty of evidence that the marine parks from 1986 have been essential to keeping the environment that people enjoy today,and that those parks are now outdated and they need to be brought up to the modern times,” said Mr. Austin.

He told Cayman 27 presenting the benefits of a healthy ecosystem in monetary terms could renew a push for forward thinking policies from government.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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