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July 16, 2015

Ministry of Tourism commissions habitat survey, July 2015

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands (16 July, 2015) The Ministry of Tourism has contracted Continental Shelf Associates to complete a Benthic Habitat Survey to provide supplementary information from within the proposed dredging footprint in George Town Harbour.

The survey follows the public consultation on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and was separately commissioned to provide additional factual information that may assist Cabinet to reach an informed decision on regarding construction of the proposed Cruise Berthing Facility.

Commenting on the survey, Hon. Moses Kirkconnell, Minister for Tourism stated that “Given the critical nature and possible implications of this project, government has a responsibility to consider all of relevant facts and data that can be made available. This information gathering exercise is separate and distinct from the Environmental Impact Assessment, the findings of which remain as presented by our consultants.”

Continental Shelf Associates were assisted by the locally owned and operated West Indian Marine Company, and the study cost US$27,000.00.

The Ministry of Tourism expects to receive the final report in August 2015 and will release the findings to the public when it becomes available.