This weeks ‘Wet Lands’ article in the San Pedro Sun was very informative and I would like to congratulate them on going public with criticism of the Dredging.
Sea Walls in front of Ambergris and dredging the sea bed between the reef and the Islands Reef side of the Island are having a dramatic effect on the Reef and its population of Marine creatures. Although often thought of as separate ecosystems the coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove wetlands that make up the marine environment are in fact a single extremely tightly integrated system depending heavily on each of the components within it. Such close integration and the finely balanced nature of the marine environment mean that changes in one area, such as seagrass beds can have far reaching 'knock-on' effects in the other areas.
Information on Sea Walls and Dredging Sea Beds can be found at: http://www.surfrider.org/
Dredging Permits and Sea Wall permits for the east coast of Ambergris are currently issued by,
Ministry of Natural Recourses and the Environment.
Geology and Petroleum Department
Belmopan , Belize
Att: Inspector of Mines, Craig Moore
The Ministry’s inspector issuing the permits is motivated by development and the money it brings into his department regardless of consequence to the environment or the wishes of the residents of Ambergris Caye. We can have an effect also by letting or opinion be known to the Ministry.
The telephone # is 822 3412
The last time I checked the response was ‘they haven’t received any objections!