November 20, 2019

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Screen Shot 2016-05-26 at 9.49.12 AMSharKY Fest on 4th June at Dive Tech Lighthouse Point, West Bay

A shark awareness festival is about to happen! Marine Conservation International (MCI) and the Department of Environment (DoE) are holding “SharKY Fest” on the 4th June 16 at Dive Tech at Lighthouse Point, West Bay from 12 to 5pm, to promote shark conservation and to raise awareness about the new law concerning shark protection in the Cayman Islands. The protection of Cayman’s shark is one of the major achievements of MCI and DoE’s research programme. As of April 2015, the National Conservation Law provides complete protection of sharks in Cayman waters. The SharKY Fest is part Marine Conservation International’s outreach, partnered by the DoE, and the .

SharKY Fest will be a family and community event with an afternoon of shark-based fun. There will be loads of shark-themed stalls and free shark-themed kids’ activities including self-crafted souvenirs can be taken home. Wander and lose yourself in the underwater exhibition by Ellen Cuylearts and hear about sustainable seafood by Sea Sense. The winners of the SharKY poster competition will be announced and prizes awarded. The short film “Best of Underwater Visual Survey” will be screened at the event. This is a great chance to learn how Cayman’s sharks are studied.

SharKY Fest is for families, kids and especially fishers and will provide free finger food to enjoy, prepared by Vivo, as well as the discounted cocktails and kids punch sponsored by the . There will be short talks about the wonder of Cayman’s sharks, the new shark protection law, the benefits of sharks to Cayman and what it is like to dive with sharks. These talks will be held at times throughout the day and at which tickets will be handed out for free White Tip beer, sponsored by the Cayman Island Brewery.

SharKY Fest is generously sponsored by the Cayman Island Brewery, Cayman Island Distillery, Vivo, DiveTech, Ellen Cuylearts, Gelato & Co., B & B Seafood Imports, Orchid Development, Treats Restaurant and entry is FREE. SharKY Fest is all about celebrating sharks in Cayman and their beneficial and key role to Cayman’s reefs. Stop by, grab a bite to eat and have a White Tip and discounted cocktails while learning more about the top predators

on Cayman’s reefs and listening to the local sound of the Swanky Kitchen Band, Trio Vivo and the Stingrays.

For more information about this shark research, visit www.doe.ky and www.marineconservationinternational.org. For more information on the event join the SharKY Facebook event, like the Facebook page “Shark & Cetaceans: The Cayman Islands” and follow @MCI_Cayman on Twitter.

NOTES

Darwin Plus: www.gov.uk/government/groups/the-darwin-initiative

The Darwin Initiative is a government grants scheme that helps to protect biodiversity and the natural environment in developing countries and Overseas Territories (OTs). Darwin-funded projects usually aim to help preserve biodiversity and the local community that lives alongside it. The Darwin Plus is awarded for work in the Overseas Territories.

The Cayman Islands Department of Environment: www.doe.ky

DoE is responsible for the management and conservation of the natural environment and resources, including the management of the Marine Protected Area system. In carrying out its remit, the department liaises with government, private-sector and civic stakeholders. The DoE works collaboratively with several academic and research institutions around the world and has been the beneficiary of five Darwin Awards, including this one.

Marine Conservation International: www.marineconservationinternational.org

MCI is a partnership formed by marine scientists to focus on high-priority marine conservation objectives. Its offices are Edinburgh. Co-directors Dr Mauvis Gore and Professor Rupert Ormond are former senior UK university staff (York and London Universities), and both currently hold honorary professorships and senior lectureships at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Between the two of them, MCI has completed more than 100 projects in some 50 different countries (mostly in the Middle-East Indian Ocean and Caribbean) with funding from governments, NGOs, grant-giving bodies and commercial organisations.

DoE MCI SharKYFest 2016 Flyer Final

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