Save Cayman Press Release
On the heels of Sylvia Earle’s visit to the Cayman Islands on November 12th, 2016, local environmental NGO Save Cayman and Mission Blue have announced their new partnership.
Save Cayman administrators say that they are pleased to be working with the global organization that advocates for protected marine spaces worldwide. Recently, it was announced that the greater George Town Harbour area had been selected as one of 14 new Hope Spots around the globe.
“We are pleased to work with Mission Blue. We hope that this new partnership will enable us to better educate our people and those around the globe about the value that our marine environment holds ecologically, economically, and culturally,” said Morgan Ebanks of Save Cayman.
Dr. Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue founder, in commenting on the partnership stated hopefully “May the George Town Harbour Hope Spot serve as an example to the world, encouraging people to take responsibility and ownership of their environment. The ocean is in trouble, but you can do something about it. We welcome the Cayman Islands to our global community as we work together towards this common goal. We want people to own their ocean and for Hope Spots to become a shared vision large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet.”
Save Cayman began in response to the proposed cruise berthing facility which would require dredging a large area of the greater George Town Harbour’s reef and also threatening the historic Wreck of the Balboa. Since then, it has been a voice for issues including most recently the proposed excavation of beachrock by the DART Group within Seven Mile Marine Park. The group is committed to advancing eco-tourism and environmental stewardship in the Cayman Islands.
Through the partnership with Mission Blue, Save Cayman hopes to work collectively to create more awareness about marine based issues in the Cayman Islands with the aim to encourage environmentally conscientious action that has the needs of the community in mind.
Stay tuned for the Mission Blue feature on the George Town Harbour Hope Spot!