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CTF Fundraising for Grouper Moon Project Continues

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CTF Fundraising for Grouper Moon Project Continues
31Mar 2015

Tuesday, 31 March, 2015…… Each quarter, funds raised from bird feed sales in our Aviary are donated to a local conservation programme.

Continuing through the end of March, proceeds of bird feed sales in our Caribbean Free-Flight Aviary will benefit the Grouper Moon Project.

Throughout the month, staff in our Aviary distributed materials on the Grouper Moon Project and gave informative talks on the programme to interested guests.

The Grouper Moon Project is a collaborative conservation programme between the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DoE) and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) studying the Nassau Grouper (Epinephelus striatus) - a social and ecological corner stone of the Caribbean's coral reefs.

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.

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

Each year, over 2,000 students visit the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter on educational visits. The Cayman Turtle Centre is the Cayman Islands’ most visited land-based attraction, with over 230,000 visitors annually.