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GIS Spotlight on a Fishy Problem

The Indo-Pacific red lionfish.

This week on GIS Spotlight we join Department of Environment (DOE) staffers as they track down the invasive red lionfish, we meet the 2008 FACE Award winners, and finally we spend an appetizing afternoon at the first Cayman Cookout.

They might be impressive to see on a dive, but the Indo-Pacific red lionfish certainly does not belong in Cayman waters. GIS Spotlight explores why DOE holds this view and how research officers plan to eliminate this ravenous predator that comes armed with venomous spines.

We find out why the red lionfish threatens divers and native species alike, and we tell you what you should do if you spot one.

Next, we meet the five recipients of the 2008 Governor's Five Star Award for Customer Service Excellence. Share the secret of their success as they define what customer service excellence means to them.

Finally, take a trip to Pedro St James for a culinary celebration. Join GIS Spotlight as we walk the grounds with well-known chef Anthony Bourdain, and experience the excitement at this sold-out four-day event as visitors indulge in fancy cuisine and libations.

Organized by the Department of Tourism and set to become an annual event, Cayman Cookout is described as one of the largest food and wine festivals ever to be held in the Caribbean. It is also designed to specifically showcase Caymanian traditions and foods.

Produced by Government Information Services, GIS Spotlight highlights government's services and solutions regarding issues that concern and affect you.

The weekly programme airs on Mondays at 6:30pm on Cayman27, and again on Thursdays at 7:30pm on Island24.

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For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver