There has been some environmental impact to a patch reef in the Placencia area due to construction in the Harvest Caye area . According to a government issued release, the damage was recognized during a routine site inspection in the Placencia area on February 18th 2015 by the Department of the Environment. (DOE) personnel observed the construction of a groyne near a patch reef in the vicinity of Harvest Caye. A groyne is a rigid hydraulic structure built from the sea shore that interrupts water flow and limits the movement of sediment. In the sea, groynes create beaches, or prevent them being washed away by longshore drift. The Department of Environment personnel issued a verbal stop order on site at the time and returned thereafter to conduct a coral damage assessment of the patch reef in question along with the Fisheries Department. Investigations have since revealed that there have been impacts to the patch reef as a direct result of the commencement of the construction of the groyne. The damage assessment has also determined the extent of impact to the reef, for which the DOE and the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries & Sustainable Development have been working with the responsible party for a closure on this matter. According to the Department of Environment, since the matter is still an open case, further release of details about this case have been withheld due to legal implications however, the Department of Environment says that as soon as they are able to, more information will be provided.