Royal Caribbean destroying reefs at Grand Cayman

Posted By: Short

Royal Caribbean destroying reefs at Grand Cayman - 12/10/15 07:08 PM

"Another sad day for the reefs of Grand Cayman. Today we noticed that the Pullmantur Zenith (a division of Royal Caribbean Cruise lines) was anchored oddly close to the reef so we decided to go out and have a look...As you will see in the video, a massive portion of the reef out front from Don Fosters and Eden Rock was completely destroyed today. The Department of Environment was contacted but nothing could be done because this was a designated anchorage zone and they were given permission to drop anchor. In the previous several decades this pristine portion of the reef was never needed as an anchorage location but for some reason today, when there was only 4 ships in port, it was deemed necessary. As part of the marine park, we are not allowed to fish here, not allowed to hunt lobsters, you can't even pick up an empty shell, all in the name of conservation?....but for some reason you can drop an anchor and wipe out a reef that took thousands of years to grow. This video was shot roughly an hour after the anchor was dropped, I can't imagine what it looks like now."
Posted By: Tammy Barnett

Re: Royal Caribbean destroying reefs at Grand Cayman - 12/12/15 02:27 PM

This is horrible! A side-by-side photo of a live, healthy reef in that area and the destroyed reef might make a real impression on readers. How many of the RC customers who paid to snorkel/dive the reef know what goes on under the surface of their royal coach?! Really a sad situation.
Posted By: Katie Valk

Re: Royal Caribbean destroying reefs at Grand Cayman - 12/13/15 01:26 PM

Look at Goff Caye before and after cruise ships. Same story here
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