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Cayman Turtle Centre to Benefit Grouper Moon Project

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Cayman Turtle Centre to Benefit Grouper Moon Project
16Feb 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Cayman Turtle Centre to Benefit Grouper Moon Project

Monday, February 16th 2015…… Following a successful campaign in the last quarter of 2014 to donate the funds raised from bird feed sales in the Cayman Turtle Centre Aviary to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme, a new charity recipient was chosen for the first quarter of 2015.

Starting in January 2015 and continuing through March 2015, proceeds of bird feed sales in the Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary will benefit the Grouper Moon Project.

Launched in 2002, the Grouper Moon Project’s objectives were to observe the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation off the western tip of Little Cayman, and to develop a protocol for monitoring their numbers and activity at the site.

For two weeks, a team of divers from REEF and the Cayman Islands Department of Environment visited the aggregation site and nearby reefs.

Since that first year, REEF has coordinated annual efforts to monitor and study the Little Cayman Nassau grouper aggregation.

The project has grown in scope to include an ambitious acoustic tagging research project, juvenile habitat and genetics studies, and early results have been published in the scientific literature.

Over CI$1600 was donated to the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme after the first quarter of the conservation donation programme.

Aviary hand-feeding for visitors takes place from 10am to 3pm daily.

The Cayman Turtle Centre is the most-visited land-based attraction in the Cayman Islands, and welcomes over 230,000 visitors annually.

(ENDS)