Necropsy Results of Dolphin Carcass Found in Corozal Bay

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019

Press Release - Department of the Environment - 1 October 2019 - On September 12th, 2019, our partners in conservation, the Sarteneja Alliance for Conservation and Development (SACD), responded to a call of a dead dolphin calf on the shores of Cerros Sands Resort, near Copper Bank Village, Corozal District. SACD arranged for a necropsy to be conducted on the dolphin by a certified veterinarian, which resulted in the determination of the cause of death to be “internal bleeding due to muscle bruises in the chest area as a result of ‘blunt trauma’”.

Our SACD partners determined that the contamination of the New River was not associated with the death of this dolphin as was previously speculated by members of the public; however, various tissue samples were taken to conduct histology and toxicology analysis for determination of any toxicity build-up.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) has been consistently monitoring the water quality of the Corozal Bay and has not found any evidence of degraded water quality conditions as those currently observed in the New River.  Both the DOE and SACD have conducted independent investigations into reported fish kills in the Corozal Bay and neither entities have been able to confirm that such fish kills have actually occurred.  Nevertheless, the DOE will continue with its ongoing water quality monitoring programme with the assistance of SACD to monitor the condition of the New River and the Corozal Bay.

The public is hereby advised to apply caution to information circulating on social media about the New River issue and to seek accurate information from relevant authorities at the Ministry of Environment.  The public is also advised to report any observations of fish kills or any other useful information directly to authorities at the Ministry of Environment so that those matters may be investigated and dealt with efficiently.

For more details on the necropsy, kindly refer to SACD’s article at http://www.sacdbelize.org/2019/09/27/corozal-bay-dolphin-necropsy/?fbclid=IwAR04TCTuENqiZ17XIRkFFKwoq-9X9Jax_AAVhRSo5VBPc6c_Vn0nhZx2_9I.

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For further information, please contact:
Chief Environmental Officer
Department of the Environment, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment & Sustainable Development
Market Square, Belmopan
Tel: 822-2548/2819    Fax: 822-2860
Email:  [email protected] or [email protected]z
Website:  www.doe.gov.bz

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