Large beach sand mining operation in Trelawny, Jamaica

Beach sand mining, in paradise. Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says it has received reports from members of the public of a large beach sand mining operation in Trelawny just west of Duncans Bay Beach and Silver Sands.

According to JET, information received alleges that dozens of truckloads of sand have been removed from the coastline over a period of at least three days last week, but may have been going on for much longer…

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