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1000 Scuba Divers Strong

1000 Scuba Divers Strong
1,000 Scuba Divers Strong, helped cull 10,000 invasive lionfish from our reefs since 2011. The names of those who helped are preserved in art to mark this environmental milestone during Earth Week. On behalf of Ocean Frontiers Ltd., Thank You!    The Art work was created by Diana Debaja and uses all of the names of those who have participated in our 1-tank or 3-tank Lionfish culls and tournaments. Spearers, Spotters and Containment Device holders are all recognised in this master peice.  If your name is here, you have done your part to help the environment and we hope you continue to help with this important work.    We recommend you download the original art file and zoom in to help find your own name - on average it is taking about 45 minutes to 'find yourself'.    Click Here for Download Link 
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Coral Species Census Project

Coral Species Census Project
Ocean Frontiers Ltd., Cayman Islands, is announcing a new environmental initiative named the “Coral Reef Species Census”, commencing from Earth Day, April 22nd 2014. The goal is to 2014 log every species of coral, fish and invertebrate we can find on our 55 dive sites on the East End of Grand Cayman. The objective for year one is to create a 'Virtual Time Capsule' of our dive sites and then complete another Census in 5, 10 and 15 years. The Census would not involve any measuring or counting- just a yes or no if they exist or not and the geographic location. The Census would also help us identify which sites currently have the most diversity and need additional protection (Marine Parks boundary review currently ongoing). The Census’ primary collection process will be done through customers taking photographs and then logging them by date and GPS / dive site location.  Afterwards,...
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The Lionfish Kings of Grand Cayman's East End

The Lionfish Kings of Grand Cayman's East End
Steve Broadbelt and his team at Ocean Frontiers have culled 10,000 Lionfish from East End reefs; Chef Ron Hargrave has purchased a total of 6000 pounds of the predators to cook up in delectable local dishes “Lionfish are beautiful, resilient and strong – a cool fish - but they are deadly to our reefs and if we don’t stop them something bad is going to happen,” says Matt Russell a dive instructor at Ocean Frontiers who has watched the invasion with deep concern for the marine environment. Russell is a dedicated, educated and skilled warrior in the fight against the Lionfish, consistently culling large numbers on dives – a record 56 Lionfish during a 2-tank dive.  He's also a member of the very exclusive "30 Club" whose members have removed 30 or more Lionfish on a single dive.  Matt also teaches customers how to safely and humanely remove the invasive species...
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Coral Spawning: a Rare Natural Wonder for Scuba Divers

Coral Spawning: a Rare Natural Wonder for Scuba Divers
Reef corals spend most of the year pretending to be underwater rocks, but for a few special minutes each September, late at night, they explode into effervescent life in an effort to reproduce. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands - During a limited window of time, late at night in September each year, many of the corals in Cayman’s reefs spawn simultaneously, releasing eggs and sperm together to cross-fertilize and scatter in the current. “One of the great lures of diving is that feeling of discovery - the thrill from seeing something that few others have,” says British marine biologist and underwater photographer Alex Mustard, explaining the lure of the annual coral spawning. “But as more and more people dive, rare treats are getting harder and harder to find.” “We think that it’s tied to certain events or conditions, such as water temperature, the moon phase, and the ocean currents,” says Dr. Ellen...
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Lionfish Culling - Hurts to Help

Lionfish Culling - Hurts to Help
Beautiful, deadly and a threat to our reefs. That’s all you need to know about the Red Lionfish (Pterois Volitans), an indo Pacific fish that has become a menace in Cayman waters. First observed near Palm Beach in 1992, Lionfish populations have now spread throughout the Caribbean and constitute a major threat to coral reef health. The first Lionfish was seen in Cayman waters in 2008 on Little Cayman; now they are everywhere. Ocean Frontiers spotted the first Lionfish in East End on the 18th January 2009 on the dive site, Fantasea Land. Lionfish are voracious eaters. More than 50 species of reef fish have been found in lionfish stomachs. One researcher observed one lionfish eat 20 small wrasses in a 30-minute period. Studies show that unchecked, these invasive predators could reduce reef diversity by as much as 80 percent. That is why we have no choice but to cull as...
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