The Ministry of Natural Resources, via its Mining Unit, has begun investigating claims that unauthorized dredging is taking place within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Expansion zone on the west coast of Northern Ambergris Caye. According to Ministry personnel, no permit has been granted for such activity, and the company involved will be presented with a fine and a stop order by the end of the week.
Manager of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve Miguel Alamilla stated that they were in the process of investigating the activity at that particular zone of the reserve. He pointed out that the dredging area is known as Zone E, which is also referred to as a ‘General Use Zone.’ “If the company has a permit to dredge in that area, then we cannot stop them, since it is a section for general usage,” said Alamilla. “But we are also investigating the issue since it is within the reserve.”
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