Caymen's cruise port sparks environmental concerns

Last week the Cayman Island premier Alden McLaughlin announced that the government, in conjunction with Carnival Corp., have greenlighted a plan for major port expansion in the Cayman Islands, a massive project that called for the construction of a pier and terminal in the Harbor of George Town, the nation’s capital.

Cruise ships in the Cayman Islands.

Cruise ships in the Cayman Islands. Image by Pete Markham / CC BY-SA 2.0

Advocates of the expansion argue that it is the only way to keep up with the rapidly developing cruise industry in the Caribbean, but environmentalists counter that dredging for the new port will destroy 15 acres of coral reefs and interfere with sea life in another 15 to 20 acres, harming 26 species of coral, including two that are critically endangered and four that are threatened. Dates have not yet been set for the construction to begin, but officials maintain that the project is moving on into planning stages.
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