Objects

(1)   The objects of the Institute of Marine Affairs as stated in an Act of Parliament, Ch. 37:01 in the Revised Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as amended by Act No. 13 of 1990 are as follows:

  1. to develop and implement programmes and projects that translate the marine and related policies of the Government into activities that contribute to national development;
  2. to develop and execute programmes and projects that foster and encourage regional and international collaboration in the exploitation of the marine and other related areas of the environment;
  3. to promote a public understanding of and appreciation for all aspects of the marine related environment;
  4. to stimulate and advance the conduct of marine scientific research in Trinidad and Tobago;
  5. to promote the utilisation and conservation of the marine resources for the economic and social benefit of Trinidad and Tobago and to enhance the national capabilities;
  6. to do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objectives.

(2)   The Institute may enter into contracts with the Government or industrial or commercial enterprises in furtherance of the objects outlined above.


Functions

The functions of the Institute of Marine Affairs as stated in an Act of Parliament, Ch. 37:01 in the Revised Laws of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as amended by Act No. 13 of 1990 are as follows:

  1. to conduct research and development on the marine and related resources of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and adjacent regions;
  2. to conduct research and development on the marine environment and other areas that impact upon the environment of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and adjacent regions;
  3. to study the multiple uses of the sea and coastal zones, their resources and use potential in Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean and adjacent regions and to evaluate and promote such studies with a view to minimizing possible conflicts which may result from such uses;
  4. to establish at the Institute an information centre for collection and dissemination of information relating to economic, social, technological, scientific, environmental and legal developments in the marine areas and coastal zones of the Caribbean and adjacent regions;
  5. to provide information and advice to the Government in its formulation of policies relating to the marine and other related aspects of the environment;
  6. to respond to technical enquiries and questions made by policy-making organs of the Government, private sector organizations and individuals;
  7. to organize training courses and projects that foster and encourage regional and international collaboration in exploitation of the marine and other related aspects of the environment;
  8. to advise on the development and optimum utilization of the marine and coastal resource potential of Trinidad and Tobago;
  9. to take such action as may be necessary or expedient for the proper performance of its functions.