Lagoon water returns to normal

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 47            November 29, 2001

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Last week the San Pedro Sun reported that large amounts of fish were dying in the man-made lagoon at the entrance to the San Pablo Area. After reporting this incident to the proper authorities, the Belize Fisheries Department arrived on the island last Friday to investigate the matter.

    In a phone interview with a representative from the Fisheries Department, it was confirmed to this newspaper that the water was tested for nitrate and sulfate levels and the results were normal. Nevertheless, they did discover an oily film present at the lagoon. According to the Fisheries Department, unconfirmed reports are that a crocodile has adopted the lagoon as its home and someone is trying to get rid of it. By killing the crocodile's food source (fish), someone is hoping to get rid of the crocodile, therefore, the reason for dumping oil into the lagoon.

    The Fisheries Department discourages these kinds of actions, as it can be harmful to the environment. They suggested, "When unwelcome Žneighbors' invade a certain territory, as is the case of this crocodile, it is best to advise the proper authorities rather than take things into your own hands."



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