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Angelfish Caye L.L.C. Proposes Eco-Resort Development within South Water Caye Marine Reserve

Angelfish Caye L.L.C. is planning to develop a two acre eco-resort on the island of Angelfish Caye located ten miles southeast of Hopkins Village, within the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. On Saturday, public consultations were held on the project's EIA in Hopkins Village. Angelfish Caye L.L.C. submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment report to the Department of Environment in mid-July.� They plan to build eight structures within an area that is considered to be a mangrove reserve. During the construction phase, Angelfish Caye L.L.C. will also need to fill over an acre of property. They were able to present their findings and hear concerns from residents in Hopkins village on the day of the public consultation. Here is a brief look at how that went.

Kenrick Gordon, Environmental Officer, D.O.E.

"In accordance with section twenty one of the EPA it particularly indicates that any project that is going to have significant impact on the environment may be required to conduct an environmental impact assessment. This is also subject to the environmental impact assessment regulations. In the E.I.A., particularly because this project falls within the South Water Caye Reserve it obligated the developer to do a an Environmental Impact Assessment ."

Voice of: Everisto Avella, Team Leader, Wilderness Group Consultation

"The property size is two point seven acres. There will be eight structures, of which six of them are buildings, small buildings. None of the mangroves you saw in that photo will be removed. The project will be built around the mangroves. A little over an acre will be filled. We need land fill for a little over an acre. No corals will be damaged, because the area we are working on has no live corals. And the live corals are away from the site. Approximately one point five acres of sea grass of the area that will be filled will be removed. Now, we know that it is a little less than five acres."

Voice of: Mick Castillo, Hopkins Village Resident

"Disturbing that are will be chaotic and we want to remember that the people who are immediately affected as far as I can see it, they were not really consulted. That is just my view."

Ministry of Blue Economy Weighs Economic Impact of Angelfish Caye Resort

And, while the E.I.A. for the proposed eco-resort on Angelfish Caye is being looked at, the Ministry of Blue Economy must weigh the economic impact. Angelfish Caye L.L.C. says the resort will provide employment for the residents of Hopkins Village.� Like the proposed port expansion project, C.E.O. Carillo says her ministry is looking at this one closely.

Kennedy Carillo, C.E.O., Ministry of Blue Economy

"We know that the Ministry has been working, the Ministry of Ports has been working on a policy, but as you can imagine it is such an important, sometimes controversial topic, that even in their consultations they have ran into some challenges. So, they are working on it. That is all I can tell you. They are working on it. For us in our policy for blue economy it was also a process where we had to engage partners and we had to answer some of the tough questions in terms of ports, in terms of reserves. We see what is happening with Angel Fish, that is a reserve, a mangrove reserve, and we have people that want to do some development there. And these are challenges that as a ministry we have to always ensure we have that balance. Blue Economy is not really and environmental ministry, it is an economy ministry, so we have the responsibility to move the economy of this country through the use of our marine space. But, we also have to ensure we are preserving and conserving our capital, our blue capital, which is why we have these reserves in place, and we have to voice when we feel it is going against the principles of the ministry."

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