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Nov 7, 2016

Developer on Gladden Caye Called Out on Dredging

Tonight there is a report of damage to fisheries and the marine environment in southern Belizean waters. The Southern Environmental Association reports that it has come across the construction of a tourism related development currently occurring in southern Belize on Gladden Caye. According to SEA, last Wednesday, its personnel spotted workers of Lowen Construction Limited dredging and dumping sand on the smaller island on behalf of the Gladden Caye Resort Limited.  SEA says the larger island was filled up to three feet of its original height with spoils from the burrow site. SEA also asserts that the dredging does not have the approval from the Mining Unit, the Fisheries Department or the Lands and Survey Department. There were no barriers to mitigate against siltation and no beacon lights or demarcation buoys to aid navigation. SEA says that the developer did not adhere to the sixty-six feet barrier when clearing mangroves on the smaller island.  The developer was issued with a stop order, but the damage had already been done potentially affecting breeding grounds for commercial species such as conch and lobster.  Gladden Caye is located two miles from the Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve, a protected area used by numerous fishers from communities that line the southern coast and home to a nationally important spawning and aggregation site for several fish species.

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1 Response for “Developer on Gladden Caye Called Out on Dredging”

  1. Mike G. says:

    What do they say? “In Belize it is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” Who is the developer? Must have some political clout.

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