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Apr 6, 2016

Rangers Find Evidence of Illegal Activities in Sarstoon-Temash National Park

In her letter to Foreign Minister Elrington, Tzalam reminds him that experience has shown that where there is no monitoring, illegal activities flourish, and SATIIM must use the Sarstoon to conduct proper management. She explains that SATIIM and the buffer communities are concerned with the increasing environmental damage in the National Park and continue to monitor and document the damage in an otherwise neglected protected area. And there was much damage and illegal activity noted as recently as Monday and Tuesday, in this latest patrol which ended with an unexpected visit by the Guatemalans.


Froyla Tzalam

Froyla Tzalam, Executive Director, SATIIM

“We had seen evidence of a major fire in the sphagnum moss area. Secondly we had witnessed clumps of trees that had been recently fallen and evidence of illegal logging taking place. We saw the carcass of a curacao so we knew that hunting was taking place and lastly there was evidence of gill nets in the Temash River. It is a high area, and it’s probably opportunistic as wellbecause basically…I hate to say Guatemalans because I’m not sure but most likely its Guatemalan incursions on the river but it’s easy for them and with no boots on the ground or regular patrols then they go when they want. With the fishing that seems to be more of a year round activity. The team had encountered a lot of gillnets in the river and one of the concerns that they expressed is that Temash bar which is a fishing camp along the coast of Barranco seems to be more permanent and seems to have more residents. That is a concern for us because that is within the park itself.”

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