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."