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May 5, 2022

Minster of Blue Economy on Silk Caye Reclamation

The Ministry of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation says it is prepared to work with the residents of Placencia Village in their efforts to reclaim South Silk Caye. Today, we spoke with Minister Andre Perez about the community’s efforts on the island over the weekend and why his ministry sought to put a stop to the work. As we’ve reported, the organizers did not have the required license and authorization from the Fisheries Department to conduct such an operation. And, Minister Perez says there are several other factors which must be taken into consideration in carrying out such an operation.

 

Andre Perez

Andre Perez, Minister of Blue Economy and Civil Aviation.

“Silk Caye first of all is within a marine reserve, take into consideration what is Blue Economy, what is also our strategic planning for the next five years. Certainly, Silk Caye is an integral part of the Blue Economy, and of course within the marine reserve and the value it has for the community in Placencia down south. So, recognizing these things, it is imperative and important for the nation to know that the Blue Economy supports these types of initiatives. However, to move and to work and to preserve what is Silk Caye, the work, there are factors we must take into consideration. First and foremost, to save Silk Caye cannot be done overnight, it cannot be done in a weekend. It cannot be done by just a community alone. While the community alone they have moved, the gesture is very noble. However, let’s not forget technical advice, the technical support that the Blue Economy has to give in terms of moving. So a collaborative effort is important. We are not against it. We are supporting it. We are saying that the Blue Economy is leading. In the last sixteen months the Blue Economy has achieved so much, and for the past thirteen years or so that the neglect of Silk Caye, it must be also known why we have reached this part. There were two islands, two have disappeared and one is at the risk of disappearing. How did that happen? It did not happen overnight. So those in leadership speaking out there that they are advocates, it is a noble gesture, but you don’t wake up one morning and have epiphany to say I am going to save this island. It has to be done from a long time ago, always a start but the start has to be a partnership. The Blue Economy is ready to lead in partnership with the community and all the N.G.O.s, for example SEA who we also have co managing the marine reserve.”


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