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Belize Marine Life Concerned Over Proposed Dredging Near the Barrier Reef

Belize Marine Life says it is concerned about toxic dredge that’s being dumped near the Barrier Reef. In a Facebook post on Monday, the organization says that Belizeans need to add their voice against the decision, which they say was greenlighted by the Government of Belize. They say that Waterloo Investment Holdings’ plan to dredge near the Port of Belize and dump about 7.5 million cubic meters of toxic material into the ocean is damaging. This was sentiment expressed by the Lisa Carne-led Fragments of Hope three weeks ago, who criticised the Department of the Environment for an original environmental impact assessment (EIA) they say was based on inaccurate hydro-dynamic modeling. A second instalment of public consultations will take place on September twenty-three at four o’clock in the afternoon online and the organization is calling on everyone to participate and voice their opposition to it. Several other groups including Oceana, the World Wildlife Fund and the Belize Audubon Society wrote jointly to Prime Minister John Briceno opposing the continuation of the project, citing many environmental concerns including the dumping of the toxic material. We will keep following the story.