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Summary of Cayman Islands Marine Conservation Laws
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Link to Cayman Islands Department of Environment's Marine Park Information with uptodate information and Maps

Updated August 2006 - Please check the above website for uptodate information on Cayman islands' Marine Laws.
Cayman Islands' Government Website
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Healthy Coral Reef
Protection of certain species:
Lobsters
Lobster
- Closed season March 1 through November 30
- Six inch tail minimum size
- Catch limit: three per person or six per boat per day, whichever is less
- Only spiny lobster (P. argus) may be taken
 
Conch
Conch
- Closed Season - May 1 through October 31
- Catch limit: five per person or ten per boat per day, whichever is less
- No one may purchase or receive more than five conch from Cayman waters per day.
 
Whelks
Cayman Whelks
Closed Season - May 1 - October 31
Open Season catch limit - 2 1/2 gallons in the shell or 2 1/2 lbs of processed whelks per person per day.
- No one may purchase or receive more than 2 1/2 gallons in the shell or 2 1/2 lbs of processed whelks from Cayman waters in any one day.
- Chitons, Periwinkles and Bleeding Teeth may not be taken from Cayman waters at any time.
 
Echinoderms
Echinoderm
Echinoderms (includes Starfish, Sea Eggs/Urchins, Sea Cucumber, Sand Dollars etc) may not be taken from Cayman waters at any time.
 
Turtles
Turtle
- No one may disturb, molest or take turtle in Cayman waters without a licence from the Cayman Marine Conservation Board
- Possession of turtle eggs is prohibited
- For licensed fishermen, closed season is 1 May through 31 October


Sharks
Shark
No one may feed, attempt to feed, or provide or use food to attract any shark in Cayman waters
 
Nassau Groupers
Diver with a grouper
- Size limit:  12" minimum size limit applies throughout Cayman waters year round except: 
  • Designated grouper spawning areas are protected. 
  • No one may take Nassau grouper from any of the designated grouper spawning areas.
  • No one may spear fish or set a fish pot within a one mile radius of any designated grouper spawning area from 1 November - 31 March.
 
Other Fish
Grouper
- Protected Fish - Jew Fish, Tilefish (whities), Filefish (pipers) and Angelfish, including Gray, French and Queen Angels (old monks) may not be taken from Cayman waters at any time.
 
Size limits: Eight inch minimum size on all other fish except Goggle Eyes, Herrings (including Sprats), Anchovies and Silversides (including Loggerhead and Fine Fry).
 
FISH POTS - Must be lincensed by the Marine Conservation Board
  • Only Caymanians over 18 may be granted licences
  • Only two pots per family and pots must be identified with a DOE tag.
  • No fish pot may be set within a one-mile radius of any Designated Grouper Spawning Area from November 1 to March 31.

SPEAR GUNS & SEINE NETS  - No one may use a spear gun (includes Hawaiian Sling, Polespear, Harpoon, Hookstick or any device with a pointed end whcih may be used to impale, stab or pierce any marine life but does not include a striker) or Seine Net without a licence from the Marine Conservation Board.  NOTE:  A Striker is defined as a wooden pole no shorter than ten feet with a maximum of two barb-less prongs attached to one end.

  • No one may possess a speargun without a licence.
  • No one may import a speargun or any parts for a speargun.
  • Only Caymanians over 18 may be granted a licence.
  • Speargun catch limit 3 fish per licensed person per day.
  • No one may use a spear gun in water less than 20 ft deep
  • No one may possess more than 6 fish that have been caught by a speargun.
  • No one may spear fish within a one mile radius of any designated grouper spawning area from November 1 through 31 March.
  • Licence holders must carry licence when using Seine Net or Spear Fishing and adhere to Licence conditions.

FISHING LICENSES - Unless licensed by the Marine Conservation Board, residents who do not possess Caymanian status may not take or attempt to take by any means any marine life while he is on shore or in any part of Cayman waters in which he can stand.

  • No licence is required for catch and release fishing.

 

GENERAL RULES
- Damaging coral by anchor, chains or any other means ANYWHERE in Cayman waters is prohibited
- No taking of ANY marine life, alive or dead, while on scuba
- No taking of any coral, sponges, etc. from Cayman waters
-Wearing gloves while diving or snorkelling in Cayman waters is prohibited 
- Export of live fish or other marine life is prohibited
- Fishing with gill nets, poison or other noxious substances is prohibited
- Dumping ANYTHING in Cayman waters is prohibited
- The export of conch shells and/or black coral requires a CITES permit issued through the DOE.
 
PENALTIES -
Violation of any of these laws is an offence carrying a maximum penalty of CI$500,000 fine and one year in jail.  Upon conviction forfeiture of the vessel or other equipment may also be ordered.
 
Call for further informaton Department of Environment, 580 North Sound Way, Grand Cayman.  Phone 949-8469  Fax 949-4020; Cayman Brac Phone 926-0136, Little Cayman Phone 926-0135;  VHF Channel 10.
 
Report offences to VHF 10, 948-6002, or 911.  Report Oil Spills or other Marine Pollution to the DOE 949-8469 or 911. 
Website: http://www.gov.ky/doel
Email:  doe@gov.ky
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