Cayman Sea Sense

Choose Cayman Sea Sense items for the love of seafood and the oceans!

The Cayman Sea Sense project is a sustainable seafood education program dedicated to helping restaurants and their customers make informed and environmentally positive seafood choices. The project will assist local chefs and restaurant owners reduce the number of non-sustainable seafood items on their menus.

The use of a Cayman Sea Sense icon on a menu will allow consumers to choose sustainable seafood options as certified by the Cayman Sea Sense Team.

Click on image above to download a high resolution copy which you can print, then fold and place in your wallet or purse.  Use it to help you identify Sea Sensible options.

Look for Sea Sense dishes
at these fine restaurants and resorts:

The following are sponsors of Cayman Sea Sense:

  • National Trust for the Cayman Islands
  • Cayman Islands Tourism Association
  • Department of Environment
  • Cathy Church

Our primary goals are:

  • to educate the general public about fisheries and aquaculture issues facing our oceans
  • to raise awareness about the impact that the choices we make have on sustainable fisheries management practices when we purchase seafood products
  • to lessen the impact of the Cayman Islands restaurant industry on the worlds fragile ocean resources.

Summary of Cayman Islands Marine Conservations Laws:

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

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

Whelk

Closed Season May 1 through 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.
  • Chitons, Periwinkles and Bleeding Teeth may not be taken from Cayman waters at any time.

Echinoderms

(include Starfish, Sea Eggs/Urchins, Sea Cuumber, Sand Dollars etc) may not be taken from Cayman waters at any time.

Nassau Grouper

  • Size limit: Twelve inch 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 spearfish or set a fish-pot within a one-mile radius of any Designated Grouper Spawning Area from 1 November through 31 March.

Turtle
No one may disturb, molest or take turtle in Cayman waters without permission from the Cayman Marine Conservation Board

  • Possession of turtle eggs is prohibited
  • For licensed fishermen, closed season is 1 May through 31 October

For more information contact:

Cayman Islands Department of Environment