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Sep 3, 2019

Pollution in San Pedro Still an Issue

Martin Alegria

Ambergris Caye is also facing a high level of pollution. A few years ago scientific researcher and Executive Director of the Crocodile Research Coalition Doctor Marisa Tellez found that pollution caused by humans is having a direct impact on crocodiles. The San Mateo area of San Pedro where residents dump tons of garbage is one of the key hotspots on the island where harmful pollutants find their way into the sea. It is a major problem that the Department of Environment is aware of and today Chief Environmental Officer, Martin Alegria provided an update.


Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer, D.O.E.

“A few years ago, I know we had look into it but because it is a wildlife related issue, specially crocodile in this case, that is more of a forest department role and responsibility to look into.”



“And the pollution aspect?”


Martin Alegria

“The pollution aspect is us also in terms of the sewage effluent and that is where we have been working with WASA or BWSL for years now in trying to minimize the negative pollutions of their treatment ponds in Belize City, Belmopan and San Ignacio. However, the actual wildlife component, how to protect the crocodile, is more of a wildlife protection issue. They work along with us but it is the Forest Department which leads that charge.”

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