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May 3, 2022

Coast Guard Officers Sought To Stop Silk Caye Reclamation Project

This weekend’s Silk Caye reclamation project off the coast of Placencia was not without controversy. Coast Guard officers sought to stop the works on the island, reportedly following instructions from the Fisheries Department. But, residents stood up and refused to stop working. Eventually, they were permitted to continue their work. Justin Linarez explained.

 

Justin Linarez

Justin Linarez, Director, Go Sea Tours

“Apparently there were some Coast Guards who went in the area. They went on Saturday afternoon. When they got to the island, they were met with a bit of resistance. We were informed that they got their based on instructions from the Fisheries Department. But, we have been lobbying to get this island fixed from the past three to four years. I am aware that there was a grant given to the Southern Environmental Association to do some studies. I am not sure if that grant money was for the actual reclamation for the island or just money given to study that area in case if anyone wants to fill. But, no one had any idea what was being done. However, what made villagers even more outraged is that when the fact that when we reopened after COVID there was an additional five dollars charge to go on the island. Mind you that with that there were no facilities on the island as there were before. The erosion caused the barbeque grill to go in the water, it caused the picnic table to go into the water, the water was almost at the rest room, so the villagers were very outraged. The Coast Guard said that they were there to stop it because we didn’t get clearance from Fisheries, however the people that were there stood up and said that no we are going to continue this project.”


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