The people of the Cayman Islands understand the importance of maintaining a healthy underwater environment and have taken great care to preserve
the treasures of the deep for future generations.
To that end, they have developed a series of environmental laws that will help ensure the sustainability of their natural environment. By working together to protect the environment and committing to conservation, everyone will benefit – both today and for generations to come. Below is a brief summary of the Marine Conservation Laws in the Cayman Islands:
- Damaging coral by anchor, chains or any other means ANYWHERE in Cayman waters is prohibited.
- No taking of ANY marine life – alive or dead.
- 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 special permit, issued through the Department of the Environment.