The Department of Environment continues to work alongside Marine Conservation International on a survey of apex predators in Cayman’s water. The team has been tagging fish to track of their movement and numbers. The team has been asking the general public to share information about the fish that have been tagged. They also would like to know if fishermen or divers spot other groupers, snappers or sharks that have not been tagged by the team.
Researchers are collecting samples for fish scales and ear bone to determine the age of the fish. They have also been collecting the fin clip to get DNA. From the DNA it can be determined if Cayman’s fish populations are linked to other Caribbean populations.
Anyone who captures photos of any of the fish species being studied are asked to post it on social media, using the hashtag #SpotThatCayFish.
The goal is to collect data that can be used to create a sustainable fisheries plan, that is suitable to local fishermen and can be effectively managed.
The work will continue for the next few months. The public can follow the progress by visiting the team’s Facebook page.