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Caribbean News and Views from February 2012

Sea Hawk paints now official sponsor of St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

St. Maarten – At a party held at Bliss night club in December the Sint Maarten Yacht Club Regatta Foundation announced that Sea Hawk Paints have joined the Heineken Regatta as a presenting sponsor.

“We are proud to be chosen as one of the Official Sponsors of the Heineken Regatta in 2012,” said Erik Norrie, CEO of Sea Hawk Paints. “Although we’ve sponsored individual yachts in regattas throughout the Caribbean for many years, including those in the Heineken Regatta, this is the first year that we will be an Official Sponsor.”

Denis Laesker, head of international sales for New Nautical Coatings Inc., manufacturers of Sea Hawk paint, was at the party to accept the official St. Maarten Heineken Regatta poster from regatta assistant director Michele Korteweg.

Fishing Ban Extended for the Nassau Grouper

Cayman Islands – A groundswell of public support generated by Guy Harvey’s latest film The Mystery of the Grouper Moon has prompted the Marine Conservation Board of the Cayman Islands to extend a ban on fishing the Nassau grouper spawning aggregation site near Little Cayman.

The Board voted to extend the current moratorium another eight years after reviewing extensive research conducted by REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation) and Oregon State University and a public education campaign supported by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation (GHOF) and the Cayman Islands Department of Environment (DOE). The existing ban, in place since 2003, was due to expire at the end of the year.

“The Cayman Islands are celebrating the 25th anniversary since the formation of the first marine park here, so it is fitting that such a strong conservation effort has been made by the MCB and that common sense has prevailed,” said Dr. Harvey, an internationally celebrated marine artist and a professor of marine biology, who makes his home in the Cayman Islands.

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