Environment Minister Wayne Panton said Cayman’s marine environment, while in relatively good health, faces a growing number of threats.
He said conservation efforts like the marine parks law first put in place in the 1980’s have paid off, but reefs are still in decline.
He said the enhanced slate of marine parks rules recommended by the DOE and conservation council will help us deal with today’s threats from development, climate change, and the invasive lionfish.
“Over the last 30 years our marine parks have served us well, preserving marine life in the Cayman Islands for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. But we know that our reefs are still in decline and we live in a different world today – the threats are real and growing and we must respond,” said Mr. Panton in his World Oceans Day statement.