Diani Beach Stakeholders have protested against the dredging of sand from the ocean in the South Coast region. Diani Beach, awarded as one of the best beaches in the world is home to a great deal of marine life. The sand harvesting poses huge losses for fishermen and the Tourism industry at the coast when the coral reef is depleted and white sandy beaches are destroyed.
The dredgers are harvesting sand at Waa and Tiwi areas for the construction of Kipevu Oil Terminal at the Port of Mombasa. Marine environmentalists, fishermen, hoteliers and the County government of Kwale are strongly condemning the Kenya Ports Authority and the National Environment Management Agency for failing to take action on stopping the dredgers and harvesting of sand at sea.