[Coral-List] please comment
pragere at earthlink.net
Wed Jul 1 14:03:08 EDT 2015
Dear Coral listers
The Minister of Tourism in Grand Cayman is pushing a plan to build an extended cruise/port pier. The Environmental Impact Statement is very clear, it will destroy acres of coral reef and the indirect impacts remain questionable.
Grand Cayman's nearshore reefs are surprisingly healthy (relatively speaking) and still have fish, sea turtles, sharks etc. The plan mentions coral transplants and relocation as mitigation - but you cannot transplant or relocate entire reef structures (this is not just a few coral heads).
Please take a moment if you would and comment on the plan to their Department of Environment. Sorry for the short notice….the comment period closes July 3rd.
Here is the link to the plan and information:
The Cruise Industry was not aware of the plan and is now reviewing it and I have urged some of the major players to oppose the plan from their end as well.
Dr. Ellen Prager
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