|Environmental Appraisal of a Proposed Aragonite Mining Operation and Other Proposed Activities at West Cacois Island - Rreport to the Government of the Turks and Cacois Islands, British West Indies (LRDC/NRI, 1985, 76 pages)|
WEDNESDAY 6th MARCH
Arrived Grand Turk, Met by Ken Sparks, Director of Public Works. Meeting with Colin Floyd, Director of Planning, and Ken Sparks to discuss the aragonite mining and other industrial development proposals, and the itinerary for the team.
THURSDAY 7th MARCH
Flew to Providenciales accompanied by Colin Floyd and Hugh O'Neill, Company Director and Attorney for Continental. Meeting to discuss details of the mining proposal and the operation at Ocean Cay in the Bahamas, now being taken over by Continental.
Overflight of West Caicos.
FRIDAY 8th MARCH
Day on West Caicos. Landed on the North beach and walked over north beach, salina and part of proposed stockpile. Spot-diving transect from North Beach across western part of proposed dredging area.
SATURDAY 9th MARCH
Day on West Caicos. Spot-diving transect across eastern part of proposed dredging area. Landed at the Salina near Company Point. Walked over southern part of lease area and along shoreline to airstrip (Mitchell and Wakeling) and dive off north-west coast of West Caicos (Dawson-Shepherd).
SUNDAY 10th MARCH
Day on West Caicos. Landed on east beach south of Cove Point. Walked over area of salt-flats and ridges to north beach (Wakeling and Mitchell) and two spot-diving traverses eastwards from east beach (Dawson Shepherd). Second landing on east beach opposite Lake Catherine and walked across causeways to Lake Catherine (Wakeling and Mitchell).
MONDAY 11th MARCH
Meetings with residents of Providenciales. Jim Sawtell, Conch Creations (with experience of West Caicos); Art Pickering, dive master (with experience of reefs off Providenciales and West Caicos); Bill Clare, District Commissioner of Providenciales; Jack Losh, conch and lobster fishery proprietor; Hearts Capron, Conch and lobster fishery proprietor.
TUESDAY 12th MARCH
Mitchell and Dawson Shepherd: day on West Caicos. Landed near Yankee Town and visited Lake Catherine. Walked over south of island to see ocean holes, and to south end of east beach (Mitchell). Dive off Yankee Town, South West Reef and shallow patch-reefs (Dawson Shepherd).
Wakeling flew to Grand Turk met by Ken Sparks, discussed and inspected west coastline of Grand Turk.
WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH
Dawson Shepherd dived off Leeward going-through. Mitchell visited unoccupied north-west of Providenciales. Wakeling inspected coastline and sea defences west coast of Grand Turk also North Creek with Colin Floyd.
THURSDAY 14th MARCH
Mitchell and Dawson Shepherd flew to Grand Turk. Meeting with Colin Floyd and Hugh O'Neill, and with persons on Grand Turk: Robert Hall, Minister for Education and Social Development; Sterling Garland, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Development; Mr. E. Brooks, Chief Secretary, and Mr R. St. Leger, Ministry of Finance.
FRIDAY 15th MARCH
Visit to Smithsonian Institute by Dawson Shepherd and Mitchell: met Brian Wilson, Research Biologist, and Karen Koltes, Marine Biologist. The full team met H.E. the Governor, Mr. Christopher Turner, with Colin Floyd and Mr. Brookes. Meeting with David Lang, Attorney General.
SATURDAY 16th MARCH
Started draft of executive summary.
SUNDAY 17th MARCH
Completed draft of executive summary.
MONDAY 18th MARCH
Round-up meeting with Colin Floyd and Hugh O'Neill, also attended by Arthur Ross (UNDP regional planning consultant), to discuss the executive Summary. Flew to Miami.
TUESDAY 19th MARCH
Flew to Ocean Cay, Bahamas (courtesy of Marcona Ocean Industries Inc.), to see environmental effects of existing aragonite dredging operation.
WEDNESDAY 20th MARCH
Visited Rosenstiel school of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Miami to obtain environmental studies of Ocean Cay Aragonite mine. Met Dr. John Wang and Dr. H. Wanless. Discussed problems of seabed instability following dredging. Returned overnight to London.