The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) hereby invites you to an informative session on the Regional Seismic Survey.
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time: 10:00 am
Venue: Sunbreeze Hotel Conference Room, San Pedro
Based on questions and concerns raised by tourism stakeholders, the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) has arranged for an Information Session on the Seismic Survey planned for Belize.
The following representatives from the Department of Environment (DOE) and from the Geology & Petroleum Department will be there to address you on this very important topic.
CEO Dr. Colin Young
CEO Yvonne Hyde
Martin Allegria - Chief Environmental Officer
Andre Cho - Director of Geology & Petroleum Department
The representatives will explain details of the Seismic survey and will be able to clarify and respond to your questions and concerns.
Belize's Exclusive Economic Zone, now the subject of controversial seismic exploration. Today I experienced firsthand the sound of airgun blasts underwater. Diving on the East side of Turneffe just a little North of Cock Roach Cut I heard what sounded like thunder. The day was overcast, so it didn't seem strange that there might be a storm building nearby. Shortly after, there was a second thunder clap, then another and another. I looked around at the other divers to see if they noticed anything unusual. Suddenly it struck me that what I was hearing wasn't thunder, but the sound of the seismic airgun blasts. The calm of my underwater escape had been interrupted by blasts of acoustic energy reverberating through ocean. The fish around us seemed to sense the disturbance too, everything seemed to be on edge. I reluctantly ended the dive, the fear that the source of the blasts was near and could cause harm was overwhelming. Unlike divers, marine life can't exit the water to seek safety. Today I experienced the confusion and fear all life caught in the range of seismic testing share.
The seismic ship is now located just South of Caye Caulker. You can track it on the map HERE
. It looks like it's scanning the length of Belize, currently heading towards Southern Belize and the Placencia area.