Cayman Turtle Centre strives to be the Cayman Islands' leading tourism attraction where guests and residents enjoy a world class encounter, showcasing Caymanian wildlife and culture whilst hosting an internationally renowned research and conservation centre for sea turtles. The people of the Cayman Islands have a history tied to the turtle. In the 1600 and 1700's the Cayman Islands became a provisioning stop for ships sailing the Caribbean due to an abundance of green sea turtles, that could be captured and maintained alive on board as a source of fresh meat. Permanent settlements developed on the Cayman Islands in the seventeenth century and turtling became a way of income as well as supplying a local source of food. However, the turtles around the islands were depleted by the early 1800's and the turtling industry focused around the Miskito Cays off the coast of Nicaragua. The Cayman turtling fleet carried on operating at a sustained level until the early 1900's. By this time turtle populations were dwindling and, in following years, national and international policies and alternative sources of income minimized the turtling industry to a minimal level. The appearance of the turtle on the Cayman Islands' flag, seal and currency shows the close association the people have to the turtle.