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Illegal Dredging in Zone E of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve #545118
09/25/20 05:01 AM
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On October 29th 2019 a Hol Chan Marine Reserve patrol detected an illegal dredging operation in the marine reserve and were given the order to stop. At the moment the developer complied. Days after dredging operations continued. On November 6th, 2019 a cessation order was issued to a Mr. Steve Parish by the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources (See order on post). On December 15th, 2019 a Hol Chan Patrol reported that dredging continued in this same area and at this time the developer had 2 dredges in operation. HCMR patrols continued to report dredging even as far as May 2020. Furthermore, the development had expanded by building a seawall illegally inside the marine reserve. By June of 2020, the Hol Chan Marine reserve engaged the Mining Unit to stop the illegal development and have them comply with required permits but even that failed.

Developer Steve Parish has failed to comply with the sustainable development laws of Belize and even ignored cessation order from Governmental Authority. he has even expanded his operation by dredging with a backhoes to dig a section of about 75 X 50 meters and over 2 meters deep. The pictures on this post are from yesterday. Illegal dredging operations inside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve keeps expanding and Government Authorities are unable to have this developer comply with Belizean law

For folks not familiar with this project, it's about a mile or so south of Secret Beach. This is the same property that a few years ago caused an uproar when they roped off the entire shoreline of their property, arguably to claim access to it as their own. The same property that has been dredging every day, day in and day out, for about a year and a half. The huge pile of fill that you see in these pics? That's your "Queens Beach." This has been done so the owners can make their own private marina. They excavated a massive pit that connects to an interior lagoon, built a seawall around three sides of it and then cut through the beach/shore and breached to the sea. All within Hol Chan Zone E.

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Ambergris Caye Citizens for Sustainable Development - ACCSD

Re: Illegal Dredging in Zone E of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Marty] #545144
09/27/20 04:38 AM
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Unauthorized large-scale dredging halted; workers arrested and equipment confiscated

The unauthorized dredging operations off the west coast of the island and within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) were halted on Friday, September 25th by an enforcement team consisting of the local police department, Fisheries Department and the reserve’s management. A number of persons working on the site were arrested by police and equipment was confiscated as well. The San Pedro Sun was informed that a thorough investigation will take place to further understand why this project continued operating illegally and the extent of damages caused to the area.

The management team at Hol Chan shared with The San Pedro Sun that on Friday they approached the issue in a synchronized manner involving other enforcement agencies. They visited the area along with police officers and members from the Fisheries Department. They issued a Cease and Desist Order, and arrested employees that were on duty. In previous images shared, a large excavator could be observed on the construction site, when enforcement descended on Friday, this machine was gone. According to reports from witnesses, it was removed from the site early on Thursday September 24th. Authorities, however, managed to confiscate a floating pump used for dredging, and then secured the area to prevent any continuation of the works until additional enforcement arrives from the mainland to start an investigation. As of press time, operations at the construction have stopped and the next step to follow is a research of the project’s managers and its impact in the area. The team at HCMR stated that all relevant authorities (Mining Unit, Fisheries, along with Department of Environment) will be on board to deal with this environmental issue swiftly and in a coherent manner.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: Illegal Dredging in Zone E of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Marty] #545204
09/30/20 04:25 AM
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DOE Dispatched To Assess Dredge Lawlessness

The Department of The Environment sent a team out to San Pedro Town today to check on an outlaw development and likely level charges against a heedless developer.

The illegal dredging operation was first detected on October 29th, 2019 by the Hol Chan Marine Reserve patrol in the marine reserve and was given an order to stop.

Initially, the developer complied but - then resumed operations again.

According to reports, "On November 6th, 2019 a cessation order was issued to a Mr. Steve Parish by the Mining Unit of the Ministry of Natural Resources"

But by mid December dredging resumed, this time with 2 dredges in operation. Dreding reportedly continued until the middle of this year and the development had expanded by building a seawall illegally inside the marine reserve.

The San Pedro Sun repost that the unauthorised dredging operations off the west coast of the island and within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) were halted on Friday, September 25th by an enforcement team consisting of the local police department, Fisheries Department and the reserve's management.

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Re: Illegal Dredging in Zone E of the Hol Chan Marine Reserve [Re: Marty] #545445
10/09/20 10:39 AM
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Unauthorized large-scale dredging project remains inactive; charges could follow after detailed probe

A recent follow-up on the unauthorized dredging off the west coast of Ambergris Caye – and within the Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) – indicates that the project remains inactive after it was halted on September 25th. This was confirmed with the management team of HCMR, who recently conducted a site inspection with members of the Department of Environment (DOE), Fisheries Department and the Mining Unit. Project assessments were made, and a deeper investigation is underway in order to build a legal case and possibly move forward with a law suit against the development.

The San Pedro Sun was made to understand that the project is an alleged subdivision comprising of several lots along the coast. However, the project has been deemed illegal, as the management team at HCMR found out that it has no permits from the Mining Unit to do any dredging, nor does it have any environmental clearance from DOE to do anything on the ground. Following the recent inspection involving DOE, Mining Unit, Fisheries Department and HCMR, each entity will make its own assessment and establish a case. No update has been forthcoming from the other governmental bodies – only from HCMR, who told The SPSun that they are working on the maritime aspect of the issue to see if the development is inside the reserve. According to them, they are working carefully alongside the Lands Department to find out how much of the development is inside the reserve.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun


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