As we put more and more distance between the Hollywood version of sharks and reality, Cayman celebrates efforts to protect the shark population.
The national conservation law is one year old and shark conservation efforts were marked this weekend with an event called “SharKY fest.” That’s Sharky with a Cayman K-Y. Families and water enthusiasts came out to support all the local marine life, even ones with a big set of jaws.
“So sharks are a misunderstood species, they are very very important in terms of the natural eco system, they represent a healthy eco system, if we have sharks then we know there’s another section of the eco system that is in control and helping to maintain the very very healthy balance. They are also very important to our dive sector our tourism sector, our studies have shown that people really like to see sharks and like to interact with them, so for the economy they are hugely important,” said Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, Tim Austin
The Department of Environment has launched a study to understand the population and trends of sharks in the area. The two year study is just over halfway completion, and updates can be found on the Department of Environment website.