The Department of the Environment (DOE) has issued a release expressing concern over an increase in the use of corals for the filling of cayes or land. The release says that the Department of Environment has become increasingly aware that developers and owners of cayes and islands have been using dead corals as construction material for infrastructure. The DOE says that dead or alive, corals cannot be used in this way as it is prohibited under the Environmental Protection Act. DOE says that any person who is engaging in the practice of using corals for the filling of cayes or land or as construction material is advised to stop immediately. All reports of such activity will be investigated jointly with key agencies, such as the Fisheries Department, and offenders will be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act.