Hosted by the Department of Environment (DoE) on behalf of
Government, the conference will be held from 7-11 November at The
Westin, Grand Cayman. Registration details for members of the
public who would like to attend will be available shortly.
'The conference is GCFI's key event, and the attendees
are a diverse mix from the scientific, academic, governmental, and
commercial sectors', said DoE Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie.
'The technical presentations and workshops that will be
presented will allow them to explore current resource management
issues in depth, and in the process, there will be many
opportunities for dialogue among groups that usually are isolated
from each other'.
Papers and posters will be presented on subjects including
governance, livelihoods and organisations; reefs and associated
ecosystems fisheries; habitats, climate change and coastal
management; essential fish habitats; and aquaculture.
DoE Research Officer Bradley Johnson said that he and his
departmental colleagues are excited to host the prestigious
'This is a huge deal for us, and for Cayman', he said.
'It's fantastic for our Islands in terms of promoting and
informing our environmental positions, but it's also great for
Based on attendance for previous conferences, the week is
expected to bring 250 to 300 persons to Cayman. And, on the
Wednesday afternoon, international delegates will have a chance to
get to know the Islands better.
'Every year, the conference sets aside Wednesday afternoon
as the day for attendees to explore the host country', Mr
Johnson explained. 'This gives our business community the
opportunity to showcase all the best of Cayman's cultural
heritage – which of course includes our beautiful
For more information about the GCFI, including attendance and
sponsorship, contact Mr Johnson at email@example.com.
About the Cayman Islands' GCFI logo
Designed by local artist Charles Gilman, the logo for the Gulf
and Caribbean Fisheries Institute's 69th Annual Conference
features the image of a Nassau Grouper. The bright colours
represent the vibrant ecosystems in the waters of the Cayman
Islands and wider Caribbean.
This motif continues with the iconic stripes on the Nassau
Grouper replaced by maps of the Cayman Islands, to highlight the
people's connection to the marine environment that surrounds
all three Islands.
The Nassau Grouper is symbolic of the importance that fish and
fishing play in Cayman's culture, history, and tourism economy,
and Cayman's dedication to marine conservation as seen in
ongoing research on spawning aggregations and continued marine
protected area enhancements.
The Nassau Grouper also symbolises the challenges of managing
both a fishery and a species.
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