Category Archives: Sand Mining

A line in the Sand: Rebuilding Stradbroke Island After Sand Mining

North Stradbroke. Photo source: ©© Conrad Petzsch-Kunze


A line in the sand that’s what the State Government’s calling its decision to end sandmining on Stradbroke Island in eight years time. They say it gives everyone certainty about the future. But almost everyone affected by the plan, is nervous. The Sandmining Company is looking at closing much sooner than it expected. And small businesses are afraid that when the miners go, there’ll be a void that can’t be filled. Karen Berkman reports…

Original Article and Video, ABC News

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Sand Mining Company Proposes Expanding Stradbroke National Park

Sand Mining Ban for North Stradbroke Island

Illegal Sand-Mining Threatens Sea Turtle Population, St Kitts-Nevis

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The biodiversity of St Kitts and Nevis, including the sea turtle population, is under threat due to the increase in illegal sand-mining that is taking place.

Sea turtles use the sand to nest their eggs and are among the animals for which the beach is a means of survival of the species…

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Raised Awareness On Illegal Sand Mining In St Kitts, in Coastal Care

Sea Turtlle Eggs Poaching Legalized in Costa Rica: The Debate, Coastal Care

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Goa’s Beaches Best Kept Secret: Illegal Sand Mining, India


Sand mining is banned in Goa. But even when NDTV team filmed openly, nobody blinked an eye. While the private companies who are behind this may profit in the short term, in the long term, though, the impact on environment may be beyond repair.

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Located in South West India in the region known as the Konkan, Goa is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole. (Wikipedia)

Despite having a coastline that extends over 4,300 miles, India doesn’t attract nearly as many visitors to its beautiful beaches as to its temples and palaces. Perhaps that explains why those beaches are so neglected.

The state’s entire 63-mile coastline is eroded, and some beaches have lost as much as 65 feet of landmass in recent years…

7 beaches to see before they disappear

Featured Photo courtesy of: © Denis Delestrac

No sand mining in fishing areas, India

Fishing Boat India

Excerpt from The Decan Herald

The State government on Monday told the High Court that it had cancelled all the sand mining leases in fishing territories and would not be giving out new licences.

The Court was hearing two separate petitions, in which the petitioners had contended that rampant sand mining in coastal areas was affecting the livelihood of fishermen and destroying the fragile biodiversity.

The State submitted that a new sand mining policy would come into effect in April 2011.

Under this, only the government, under the Public Works Department, would be authorised to conduct sand mining. To this submission, the court suggested that the State revert to its earlier policy.

The High Court has refused to stay proceedings against JD(S) MLA Zameer Ahmed Khan in a dacoity case.

The Court however directed the police not to take any action against Zameer as he had submitted that he would appear at the lower court on all the trial dates.

The Chamarajpet MLA had sought an interim order to stay all proceedings against him before the ACMM.

Meanwhile, the complainant in the dacoity case, Ziyaulla Khan Gori, has filed an application stating that he had not named Zameer in his complaint and his inclusion in the list of 13 was politically motivated.

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Raised Awareness on Illegal Sand Mining, St Kitts

St Kitts Illegal Sand Mining
St Kitts Illegal Sand Mining.


The Department of Physical Planning and Environment has embarked on a campaign to raise awareness on the issue of illegal sand mining across St. Kitts.

The Observer spoke with Andy Blanchette, a Conservation Officer within the Department, who informed that of late, illegal sand mining has become more pronounced with the boom in the construction industry. As a result, several problems have arisen and it became necessary, as a means of deterrence, to educate the general public on the negative effects of the unlawful activity. He said that both at the coastal level and deep inland at the rivers around the island, the drastic changes in the amount of soil can be seen, and adverse effects are already being felt.

“We can recall what has been taking place when there are heavy rains in the mountainside connecting to the College Street Ghaut. Over the years, we have realized that a significant amount of sand and silt comes through the ghaut and at times flooding is eminent, and this is one of the effects of unsustainable mining of ghaut sand…

Read Full Article, By Teshell Samuel, The Observer St. Kitts-Nevis

St Kitts: $10,000 Fine or One Year in Prison for Illegal Sand Mining

Global Sand Mining: Learn More, Coastal Care

Whole coastline of Namibia is designated a national park

Skeleton Coast. Photo Source: Alamy

By Mark Rowe, The Telegraph UK

Namibia designates its entire 976-mile coastline a national park, consolidating several existing preserves into the 26.6 million-acre Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park.

With the declaration of the Dorob National Park on December 1, 2010, the last piece of the puzzle has finally been put in place, thus converting the total Namibian coast into the eighth largest protected area in the world and the largest park in Africa, called the Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park.

The Namib-Skeleton Coast National Park covers 26.6 million acres, making it larger than Portugal.

It stretches for 976 miles (1,570km), from the Kunene River, at the northern border with Angola, to the Orange River, on the border with South Africa, and is expected to be promoted as a unified destination. The protected coastline consolidates three national parks: Skeleton Coast, Namib-Naukluft and Sperrgebiet. The last is the site of Namibia’s diamond mines, which have long been closed to the public.

The national park does not stop at the national borders – at the southern end it connects with South Africa’s Richetersveld National Park, while in the north it is linked to Angola’s Iona National Park. Some coastal roads are good, particularly in Dorob National Park, but there is no pan-Namibian highway.

Historically, Namibia has been a trailblazer in using tourism to fund conservation, and has encouraged tribal communities to set up conservation areas, which they manage sustainably in order to keep poaching at bay and to attract tourism. “The aim of the new park is to rein in environmentally damaging activities and encourage tourism,” said Chris McIntyre, MD of the travel company Expert Africa.

Namibia is the driest country in southern Africa and its national parks are desert and savannah. In the desert wilderness of the Skeleton Coast, wildlife includes hyenas and abundant birds. Black rhino and desert elephants follow the area’s water courses, while small prides of lions have recently returned. Other highlights include African penguins and a vast colony of Cape fur seals.

Namibia Coastline
Photo Source: Evelyn Hockstein / The New York Times

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All Africa Article

The New York Times

Uncontrolled Sand Mining Days Numbered in Namibia, in Coastal Care

Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dredged Sand

Singapore Accused of Sand Smuggling

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Singapore Extends Its Coastlines With Illegally Dregded Sand From Neighbourings States

Excerpt from Dredging Today

Sand barge. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

Singapore, one of the world’s most prosperous and fastest growing economies, is being accused of expanding its coastline with illegally dredged sand from neighboring states.

Singapore has been importing sand for years and its territory has increased by over 20% in the last half century, but sand imports are now threatening the regional ecosystem and harming its economy.

Professor Chou Loke Ming from the Biological Science Center of the National Institute of Singapore says, “We have been taking sand from our hills and then, when there are no more hills left, we have been dredging sand from sea beds, and now most of it is been imported from neighboring countries.”

Singapore is today the world’s largest importer of sand, literally the foundation of the tiny state’s extraordinary economic growth.

But with other countries in the region, such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia, banning sand exports, reclaiming more land has become a difficult task for this tiny island city-state. At least legally, there are some accusations that sand smuggling is making up the shortfall.

Critics say it is a dirty business, with illegal imports of sand coming from poorer neighboring countries…

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First Artificial Island to Be Built In The Americas

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

Excerpt from Dredging Today

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Amsterdam) has been awarded a contract from Ocean Reef Island Inc to construct an artificial island off the coast near the residential area of Punta Pacifica in Panama City.

The project, with a contract value of approximately € 55 million, is already underway and the project is expected to be completed mid 2012…

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Beach mining study bodes well for prospectors

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Beach mining has received favorable reviews in a two-year study conducted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Washington State GPAA Director Rob Matthews is pleased with the findings of a WDFW report, which suggests the department is satisfied that prospecting and smallscale mining on and near seven beaches pose no real threat to wildlife or the environment and that ‘beach mining’ should be allowed to continue…

Read Full Article, Gold Prospectors Association of America (GPAA) Editor