69th GCFI - Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
7 November 2016 - 11 November 2016
- • Present and discuss the recreational fishers’ experiences and perspectives within established MPAs in the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico focused on conservation and sustainable use of their marine and coastal resources.
- • Exchange knowledge about the different scientific methodologies, procedures, and lessons learned.
- • Define and compare the biological impact of recreational fishing on marine resources in the MPAs, particularly regarding vulnerable coastal species.
- • Articulate the fishermen’s perspective on current management practices and marine resource management.
- • Identify opportunities for inter-agency and international cooperation in the study of recreational fisheries.
- • Governance, livelihoods and organizations
- • Reefs and associated ecosystems fisheries
- o Shallow and deep reef fishes
- o Snapper and grouper fisheries
- o Fish spawning aggregations
- o Lionfish and other invasive species
- o Queen conch, spiny lobster and other invertebrates
- • Marine Protected Areas Science and Management (especially biological connectivity of MPAs)
- • Pelagic ecosystem and recreational fisheries
- • Continental shelf ecosystem fisheries
- o Shrimp and demersal trawl fisheries
- • Habitats, climate change and coastal management
- o Essential fish habitats
- o Integrated coastal management
- o Climate change science and adaptation
- • Aquaculture
- • Vemco Telemetry Study Design: Ensuring you get the best possible results
- - Gates vs Residence vs fine scale positioning
- - Choosing transmitter and receiver programming
- - Range testing – do’s and don’ts
- - Range testing – how to analyze your data quickly using Vemco’s new range test analysis software
- - Receiver spacing – what makes an effective gate?
- - Using noise and tilt diagnostics to optimize your study design
- - Using pings and detections to assess system performance
- • What’s new in the world of telemetry tools? We’ll discuss several of the latest developments from Vemco aimed at enabling new science and improving study results
- - VR2Tx – Vemco’s new Transponding receiver. Monitor your system while deployed.
- - VR2AR – combined Vemco receiver and acoustic release. Come learn how we can make deployment and recovery easier, faster and how you can monitor your system while still deployed
- - New HR Receivers and very small tags – fine scale positioning of many tags simultaneously with sub meter accuracy
- • Setting our next direction
- - We’re looking to the next generation of VUE and data analysis tools, help us set the priorities
- - New receivers, new tags – where next?
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About the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are a British dependency which lies 480 miles south of Miami, nestled in the turquoise waters of the western Caribbean. It is a three-island archipelago, consisting of Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, and Little Cayman. These three gentle islands are located just 149 miles south of their closest Caribbean neighbor Cuba, and 167 miles northwest of Jamaica.
A world away, yet not removed, it’s no wonder the Cayman Islands has been meeting the demands of vacationers seeking a Caribbean getaway for over 400 years.
Grand Cayman is the largest of the three islands and has an area of about 76 square miles. Its most striking feature is the shallow, reef protected lagoon known as the North Sound which is approximately 35 square miles.
Cayman Brac lies about 89 miles northeast of Grand Cayman. It is about 12 miles long and 1.25 miles wide with an area of about 14 square miles. Its terrain is the most spectacular of the three islands; this is because of the bluff which is a massive central limestone outcrop which rises steadily along the island. You can get to Cayman Brac by plane, if you go by prop plane it is only a 30 minute plane ride. There is also jet service to Cayman Brac twice weekly.
Little Cayman is located 5 miles west of Cayman Brac and has an area of about 10 square miles. You can get to Little Cayman by plane. If you take a plane it is only about a 40 minute ride from Grand Cayman or 15 minutes from Cayman Brac. There is also jet service to Cayman Brac twice weekly.
Cayman Islands History
On May 10, 1503 Christopher Columbus sailed along his fourth and final voyage to the New World when a chance wind blew his ship off course. Intending to sail to Hispaniola (present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic), he was thrust westward toward "two very small and low islands, full of tortoises (turtles), as was all the sea all about, insomuch that they looked like little rocks.” He called these islands “Las Tortugas” after the thousands of turtles on shore. The two islands sighted were Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. In 1523, a map was drawn showing all three Islands under the name “Lagartos,” meaning alligators or large lizards. By 1530, the islands were called the “Caimanas”— derived from the Carib Indian word for the marine crocodile that formerly inhabited the islands. “Caimanas” evolved to the Cayman Islands, and we’ve been calling it that ever since.
Anything you can make with conch, coconut, plantain, cassava, yams, rice and peas, tuna, snapper, mangos and mahi, has been prepared in the Cayman Islands. Food in the Cayman Islands includes traditional Caribbean fare. Jamaican cuisine has also found its way on to many of the menus of the Cayman Islands and jerk seasoning has become popular on several meat dishes. Curries are also frequently used throughout Cayman. You can find all of these ingredients and most of your favourites in our grocery stores. Traditional Cayman food includes dishes made of turtle meat, as well as conch stew, Cayman-style beef, and an old fashioned fish fry. Dive.
The Cayman Islands are proudly recognised as the birthplace of recreational diving in the Caribbean. We've been proudly showing off our spectacular underwater world since 1957 when scuba pioneer Bob Soto opened the first Grand Cayman dive shop. Today, Cayman is one of the world's top dive destinations. With more than 40 dive operations and almost 360 dive sites marked with moorings, adventurers from all over the world choose the Cayman Islands for the best of Caribbean diving. Our warm, calm waters, 100 ft. plus visibility and breath-taking variety of marine life offer a world of exciting logbook entries. Each island offers very different diving adventures for divers of all levels from novice to Nitrox and Tec diving.
The image of a Nassau Grouper and 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 Grouper is symbolic of the importance that fish and fishing play in Cayman’s culture, history, and tourism economy, and the Cayman Islands’ 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.
Designer: Charles Gilman, formerly of CI Government Information Services.
The 69th GCFI conference will focus on applying fishers’ knowledge and marine science to solve problems by bringing multiple users of ocean resources together to make informed and coordinated decisions about how to sustainably use these resources and fit this knowledge into Marine Protected Area management. The emphasis will be on the practical, interdisciplinary, and ecosystem-based approaches, to managing recreational fisheries and marine protected areas (MPAs). Addressing larval connectivity, fisheries management, conservation, whilst fostering improved marine resource management throughout the Wider Caribbean Region.
General Meeting Information
The 69th GCFI will be comprised of oral sessions and poster sessions. All oral presentations will be simultaneously interpreted into English and Spanish; French is pending funding). All oral presenters are required to submit a manuscript for publication in the Proceedings of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
GCFI is pleased to announce that the opening address will be presented by Dr. Brice Semmens, an assistant professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego. Prior to joining SIO, he was a National Research Council Fellow with the US National Marine Fisheries Service at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Semmens received a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University under the guidance of the late Dr. Robert Ditton, an active GCFI supporter and board member. Brice subsequently completed an MS in Environmental Science from the Bren School at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Washington
Dr. Semmens’ research focuses on fisheries conservation science and quantitative methods for resource assessment. He has published over 50 scientific publications and book chapters covering a diverse array of topics and creatures, from white sharks to killer whales. For the last decade, Brice has led the Grouper Moon Project, a research partnership between the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), and SIO. The Grouper Moon Project represents one of the most comprehensive and long-term multi-species fish spawning aggregation monitoring programs in the world.
Dr. Semmens is co-PI of the Center for the Advancement of Population Assessment Methodology (CAPAM), an internationally recognized stock assessment research center. He also serves on the science advisory boards for REEF, the Israeli National Initiative for Biodiversity Monitoring, and the California Ocean Resources Enhancement and Hatchery Program (OREHP). Finally, Dr. Semmens serves on the board of our very own Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute.
The Cayman Islands Ministry of Environment is sponsoring the thematic session entitled "Fishing for fun, food, and the future: fitting recreational fisheries into MPA management". This session will be held on Monday morning and is based on the interests of the GCFI membership to integrate fishers’ experiences and knowledge in efforts to improve MPA management. This session supports the idea that achieving and maintaining healthy coastal and marine ecosystems requires a fundamental understanding of the relationships between people and their marine environment. In particular, this session will emphasize the linkages between recreational fishing and the enjoyment of thier marine resources, the economic benefits derived from these activities and the long-term sustainability of traditional practices within fishing communities.
The objectives of the session are to provide an outline of the current status of recreational fishing in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico MPAs to compare and contrast these areas, and to establish common methodological frameworks that will facilitate the evaluation of this activity. Specific session objectives are to:
GCFI has provided an annual international forum to bring scientists, managers, and stakeholders together to promote cooperative research and management strategies for the sustainability of marine resources in the Caribbean region. Given the recent agreements for improving cooperation between Cuba and the U.S., this session will emphasis existing and future needs for collaborative work between Cuba and the wider Caribbean region on the sustainability and socioeconomic importance of marine resources.
This session will highlight best practices for conducting collaborative research and management related to marine issues shared by multiple countries of the wider Caribbean region. With an emphasis on promoting collaborations, the contributions for the session can consist of a range of scientific topics, such as monitoring spawning aggregations and protecting essential habitats, connectivity of populations across the region, and other ecosystem research important for the conservation and management of resource resources.
For example, work over the last 14 years in the Cayman Islands suggests that their well-protected Nassau Grouper populations may not only replenish local populations, but may supply other islands where populations have been depleted by overfishing. Additionally, a year-long study of their spawning aggregation sites documented > 27 species using them for reproductive purposes, galvanizing the fact that their local populations possibly seeds other countries in the region on a monthly basis. Cuba may be in the direct path of this production; the U.S. could benefit indirectly. Concurrently, research on the West Florida Shelf has demonstrated both strong population connectivity between Pulley Ridge and the downstream Florida Keys, but also unexpectedly strong links between the reefs of the Dry Tortugas and those on the Flower Garden Banks in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. As one example, this suggests that collaborative research to understand the connectivity of populations from the Cuban reefs is needed.
The session will allow us to share scientific information and recommendations for promoting collaborative work among the countries of the wider Caribbean region to ensure the sustainability and economic viability of our marine resources for future generations.
, NOAA, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
, Cayman Islands Dept. of Environment
Marine debris is a worldwide issue affecting marine fisheries, ecosystems, endangered species, human health, and tourism. The Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Region includes a mix of small to large and rural to industrialized communities that are all detrimentally affected by marine debris. Yet, there is little regional and even less local recognition of the sources of marine debris, let alone on the impact of marine debris on the environment and cost to communities. The goal of the session is to bring the science of marine debris to the region’s marine resource managers and policy makers. The Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) conference is an ideal venue to bring scientist, resource managers, and policy makers together to identify and address marine debris issues.
The NOAA Marine Debris Division (MDD) serves as the United States Federal government lead for addressing marine debris issues. The MDD supports regional coordination efforts in the both the Gulf of Mexico (http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/gulf-mexico) and the U.S Caribbean (http://marinedebris.noaa.gov/caribbean) including a number of debris removal and prevention projects. These efforts support GCFI’s role as the Caribbean Regional Node of the United Nations Environment Programme, Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML overview).
The intent of the GPML is to foster international partnerships and support policy dialogues and other activities to promote awareness and enhance capacity building to reduce marine debris. All three entities (NOAA/MDD, GCFI, GPML) maintain similar missions: to reduce levels of land- and ocean-based marine debris as well as to reduce impacts of accumulated marine debris on shorelines and aquatic habitats. This session will benefit participants from government agencies, academia, and NGOs by providing a mechanism for regional information exchange on this globally pervasive problem. The session will also help foster enhanced partnerships between NOAA, GCFI, and GPML.
Although there have been a handful of presentations on marine debris spread across several sessions at GCFI conferences in the past, there has never been a dedicated marine debris session. Presentations will be both invited and contributed. Presentations should focus on providing both current research and review articles as well as new results on all aspects of marine debris, including information that will advance solutions to this problem.
For information about the marine debris session and publication, please contact or
The pelagic sargassum influx that has affected the Caribbean region (and West Africa) in recent years has been a topic of presentations at several past GCFI annual meetings (64th, 65th, 67th) and for the first time was the focus of a special session during the 68th annual meeting, addressing research and experiences from different territories in the Caribbean region (Grenada, Martinique, Guadeloupe, USA).
The massive landings of sargassum observed between 2014 and 2015 have been accompanied by increased interest and communication on the subject within the region and by the development of regional cooperation initiatives, including with the support of UNEP-CEP/SPAW RAC and GCFI. This ongoing cooperation has enabled the sharing of experience and knowledge through a range of new collaborative tools, and several collaborations between different institutions have been initiated (research sector, tourism, etc.). Interest in international coordination on this topic has been highlighted in various discussions between organizations of States in the region in 2015 and 2016 (Association of Caribbean States and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States).
This session aims to share the latest advances in research on the sargassum ecosystem (ecophysiology, associated fauna), the origin of sargassum arrivals in the Caribbean and West Africa, the situation of the phenomenon in Brazil and remote sensing of the sargassum algae to implement forecasting of future stranding. Recommendations on the management of the massive arrivals to meet the different economic, social and health impacts will also be presented.
, SPAW-RAC (UNEP-CEP)
, GCFI, University of Southern Mississippi:
This year the MPA Science and Management” session of the GCFI conference will focus on the advances of the application of ecosystem-based approach to the planning and management of marine areas using different types of decision- support systems. This session is coordinated and sponsored by UNEP-CEP-SPAW as part of CaMPAM commitment to use the GCFI conference as a forum for MPA practitioners. This subject is based on the UNEP-CEP commitment to promote in the wider Caribbean a variety of tools to integrate scientific and anecdotic information (gathered via stakeholder consultation and engagement) to marine area management. This activity is supported by the Directorate General for Development Cooperation of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a project aiming at assisting the Caribbean region to develop decision-support systems with an EBM approach.
Papers that address the various dimensions (ecological, social and economic) of the EBM approach to resource use, ecosystem recovery, and the development of alternatively livelihoods are encouraged and will be considered by the selection committee. Abstracts should be submitted to GCFI (MPA session) online.
For information about the MPA Science and Management session, please contact session coordinator and , CaMPAM coordinator
The program features multi-disciplinary sessions arranged in part by ecosystem type. The subject areas are no different from previous GCFI meetings but each session may have a mix of natural and social science, management and technology related to the ecosystem or fishery to achieve comprehensive information exchange. Papers and posters are solicited in the following areas, not exclusive of other subjects:
The poster session/reception will be on the evening of 10 November 2016. Poster space is limited. The preferred poster size is 24” x 36” for either orientation. See the poster specification guidelines for more information.
The Gender in Fisheries Team (GIFT) based at the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the University of the West Indies is inviting GCFI poster presenters with an interest in gender in fisheries to join them in a special section of the poster session devoted to that topic. We are particularly interested in comparative analyses of women and men, but analyses focused primarily on women will be a priority. Topics of interest include: Value chains, Social networks, organizations, roles in science, equality and equity.
Kindly submit your abstracts following GCFI instructions, but indicate Gender as your poster session preference. For further information contact
The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2016 annual. GCFI conference in Grand Cayman has been extended to 10 September 2016. Abstracts will be accepted in English, French, and Spanish. ALL ABSTRACTS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ENGLISH, SPANISH AND FRENCH TITLES. Abstracts are only required in one of the three languages; titles must be in all three languages. Abstracts must not exceed 250 words (275 for Spanish and French). Abstracts must be submitted using the secure online abstract Submission Form found via the User Portal.
Acceptance to present within an oral session requires submission of a full and complete manuscript or extended abstract in the proper format (MS Word and jpg or PowerPoint figures) prior to presentation at the meeting. Poster presentations do not require submission of a manuscript although they are enthusiastically accepted. However, students wishing to compete for the student awards and who are presenting an oral OR poster presentation are required to submit a manuscript for publication in the GCFI Proceedings at the meeting. Manuscript preparation guidelines are available online (pdf).
The Book of Abstracts will be available online in page-flipping and PDF formats. No printed Book of Abstracts will be distributed at the conference.
New and experienced Vemco Acoustic Telemetry users are invited to an afternoon workshop to discuss the latest in Acoustic Telemetry tools and techniques. The Vemco Telemetry workshop will cover a variety of topics such as:
For those interested in participating in the workshop, please contact
Oil Spill Science & Information Needs for Gulf & Caribbean Regional Stakeholders
Background: The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was established in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 10-year research program aims to mitigate the impacts of hydrocarbon pollution and stressors on the marine environment and public health from the spill, as well as improve society’s understanding of oil spill issues. GoMRI provides support to the Sea Grant programs of the Gulf of Mexico (Florida, Mississippi-Alabama, Louisiana and Texas) for an extension and outreach effort to increase the use of oil spill science by people whose livelihoods depend on a healthy Gulf. The oil spill science outreach program allows Sea Grant specialists to find out what types of information target audiences want and develop tailor-made products for those audiences. The outreach specialists produce a variety of materials, such as fact sheets and bulletins, focused on meeting stakeholder information needs. The specialists also gather input from target audiences through workshops and work with researchers to share oil spill research results at science seminars that are facilitated by the specialists. The program’s outreach materials and events offer information about numerous published research findings on topics such as dispersants, fisheries issues, fate and transport of oil, and more.
Purpose of Workshop: The GCFI annual conference is an ideal platform for the exchange of science and discussion of ideas, and offers an opportunity to reinforce regional collaboration on a variety of environmental and social issues. This proposed workshop will bring together GCFI attendees and interested local and regional stakeholders to discuss information needs on the topic of regional connectivity and oil spills. Emerging science and information about oil spills is pertinent to multiple Gulf and Caribbean countries, as energy infrastructure develops throughout the region. Sea Grant aims to collect information needs, questions, topics of interest, and issues related to oil spills, from participants at this workshop. Information collected will be the basis for development of future outreach products for distribution to participants at the workshop, and to audiences across the region. Participants will have the opportunity to have their voice heard, to ask questions, and to provide input on informational products and programs that would be most useful to them. With this input, Sea Grant address identified needs and continue to support multi-national collaboration across the region.
Target audience: Gulf and Caribbean regional scientists, fishing communities, emergency response managers, natural resource managers, tourism industry professionals, policy makers, public health officials, educators and students. Estimated time: 1 hour (15 minute program overview, 45 minutes for facilitated breakout groups). Facilitator/Contact: Christine Hale, Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Outreach Program. (361) 825-6215; . To register: Please visit our registration page.
The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway), Reference Information System.
hosted by BIOPAMA (IUCN and EC-JRC), (Wednesday 09 November; TIME: 9:00-11:30 a.m).
The Caribbean Protected Areas Gateway (Caribbean Gateway), a product of the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management Programme (BIOPAMA) located within the University of the West Indies under the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES), is a repository and virtual resource hub for a diverse range of relevant protected area and biodiversity data and information from across the region. The Caribbean Gateway is powered by the Reference Information System (RIS), which is developed by the European Commission Joint Research Centre (EC-JRC) and provides a suite of web-based tools and applications to facilitate data analysis to support viable decisions and policies by decision makers and resource managers for effective and sustainable management of protected areas and biodiversity.
Join CERMES, IUCN and EC-JRC for hands-on training in the use and application of the RIS to supply and assess ecological, socio-economic and governance information relevant for effective management at the national and regional level through the Caribbean Gateway. Recent case study and open data applications will be featured.
Contact: and for more information.
Are you interested in submitting a short film for this year's CINEFISH film festival at GCFI? If so, please email the following information to :
Please note that films should be recorded in AVI format. The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016.
FISHERS FORUM 2016
The Forum session in the main conference and the fishers field trip may not be available this year, due partly to low numbers of fishers. Details of any planned fisher events will be shared in the second GCFI announcement or around September. or by 30 June 2016. Details of the Forum session and field trip will be in the second GCFI announcement
GLADDING MEMORIAL AWARD -- CALL FOR FISHER NOMINATIONS
The GCFI Gladding Memorial Award (GMA) committee is requesting nominations of outstanding fishers for the 69th GCFI GMA. This annual award is presented to select fishers (men and women), who demonstrate, as Peter Gladding did, significant commitment to the sustainable use and long-term conservation of marine resources in the Gulf and Caribbean region. The winner will be sponsored to attend the GCFI meeting in Grand Cayman to receive his or her award, and to participate in the conference. You are invited to submit award nominations to the GMA committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations must be received by 31 August 2016. Background information on the GMA, nomination forms with award criteria and details of the process, are available from the GMA web pages in English and Spanish.
For more information on the Gladding Memorial Award, click here.
Gladding Memorial Award application in English, Spanish, and French.
OPPORTUNTIES FOR STUDENTS
Outstanding Student Awards for Academic Achievement
Two awards are presented each year to students presenting oral or poster presentations at the annual conference. The winners receive travel to the following GCFI meeting up to $1,500. These awards are sponsored by NOAA's Caribbean Fisheries Management Council and consortium from the Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Programs (Florida Sea Grant, Mississippi/Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant and Texas Sea Grant programs. For more information, please follow this link.
Student Travel Awards
Each year, GCFI is pleased to offer two awards to assist with travel costs to the annual GCFI. These awards are sponsored by the Puerto Rico SeaGrant Program. For more information, please visit this link.
Ron Schmied Award
The Ron Schmied Scholarship, a GCFI initiative supported by the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and private individuals, will be offered to a qualified graduate student in support of their travel to the 69th GCFI. The Scholarship is in the amount of $1,500. Graduate students with an interest in social, economic, biological, ecological, or management perspective on recreational fisheries will be eligible to apply for this scholarship. The deadline for students applying for the award and submitting accompanying abstract and all supporting paperwork is July 31. Students will be notified of acceptance/rejection of their application by September 1. Complete instructions and eligibility requirements for the Ron Schmied Scholarship are on the This page Students may apply for the Scholarship and for consideration for the Student Achievement Award in the same year. Students may also ask to be considered for the Ron Schmied Scholarship and a GCFI Travel Award in the same year, but will only be awarded one of these sources of funding.
SCRFA Award for Students of Fish Aggregations
The Science and Conservation of Fish Aggregations Association (SCRFA) will again offer a Student Travel Award of US$800 to a student in the Caribbean Region to attend the 69th GCFI, Grand Cayman. Originally formed in 2000 and known as the Society for the Conservation of Reef Fish Aggregations with the mission of promoting responsible stewardship of fish aggregations, in particular, reef fish spawning aggregations, the Society modified its name in 2012 to reflect its focus on science and the inclusion of all aggregating fish species. The SCRFA Student Travel Award is to encourage and help students to work in this important area and showcase their ideas and work at GCFI.
Applications should be submitted by 31 July 2016. Applications and further information enquiries are to be sent to (SCRFA Chair/CEO) or, visit: www.SCRFA.org. Additional information may be found on the SCRFA Student Awards page.
Book of Abstracts
The Book of Abstracts will only be provided online in page-flipping software with options to download in pdf formats, add notes, translate abstracts, and print pages. The Book of Abstracts will be available after the abstract submission deadline has passed.
Special Opportunity for GCFI Particpants
The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa will be honoring the room rate discounts for GCFI participants for the 2016 Pirates Festival. The Pirates Festival will take place during the weekend following the conference. From street dances, jet ski stunts, pirate landings and underwater treasure hunts to parades on the Sister Islands find the time and location for all of the official Pirates Week events right here! For more information visit the official Pirates Week Festival page.
The meeting venue will be the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa, an AAA Four Diamond resort, featuring 343 luxuriously appointed guest rooms highlighted with Westin Hotels & Resorts Heavenly Bed and Heavenly Bath amenities. Nestled among tropical palms and casuarina trees that are situated on 700 feet of the most pristine white sand of the famous Seven Mile Beach.
The hotel offers excellent cuisine. The restaurants are sophisticated environments that are complemented with unique foods and drinks that will cover all your needs. Located only 20 minutes from the airport.
For Hotel reservations please complete the hotel booking form found at: https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1604053771&key=250A5290
Private transportation exclusive for conference attendees staying at the Westin. Transportation dates are 5th-6th November 2016 and 12th-13th November 2016. The cost is US$19 one way or US$38 Return. Plesae use this link to reserve your transportation.
On the afternoon of Wednesday 7 November choose from among three dive and botanical garden tours. There are special discounts for each tour. Please see he details below.
GCFI Field Trips
(9 November 2016)
|1||2 TANK WEST WALL DIVE
Board our spacious dive boats to experience Grand Cayman’s popular West Wall which offers a range of topography to explore and an array of local marine life to admire.
US$120.00* per person, not including equipment.
Departs from Seven Mile Beach in front of the Westin at 1pm. Must be at least O/W certified and have been diving within the last 2 years. Please check website for terms and conditions.
*GCFI Conference members enjoy a 20% discount on quoted price!
Call 1-877-506-6368 or email email@example.com to reserve your space. Please mention the GCFI conference at the start of the conversation.
|2||STINGRAY SANDBAR & REEF SAIL
Set sail on our 65’ luxurious catamaran to experience the thrill of interacting with Cayman’s friendly rays up close and enjoy some fantastic snorkelling on this 2-stop trip.
US$85.00* per person
Departs from Safehaven Dock at 2pm; complimentary transfers from the Westin.
*GCFI Conference members enjoy a 20% discount on quoted price!
Call 1-877-506-6368 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space. Please mention the GCFI conference at the start of the conversation.
|3||Pedro St James and the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park
CI$30 per person (~US$37)
NOTE: This option will require guests to leave their credit card details over the phone.
All guests must quote DOE16 to take advantage of the special rates provided for these tours. The approx. duration of BOTH tours is 4.5hrs so if guests are picked up at approx. 12:45PM, they should be back at 5:15PM latest.
Visa Information - IMPORTANT
For the 69th GCFI Conference, all individuals travelling by sea or air will require a passport or other accepted official form of identification to enter the country. There are a number of countries that require visas to travel to Grand Cayman. Please make contact with the local Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Immigration Department, for enquiries or to obtain one. For requirements to enter Grand Cayman, please visit: http://www.gov.ky/portal/page/portal/cighome/find/guides/entryrequirements
Remember that advanced planning can smooth the visa application process for you. Apply for your visa well in advance of your travel!