PERSPECTIVES: The wonders of marine biodiversity
Vincent Van Gogh’s love for nature was no secret and the olive groves in Saint-Remy, France, were one his favourite places to paint. In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh once wrote, “The murmur of an olive grove has something very intimate, immensely old about...
Coral Reefs, X-MEN of the SEA
The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) recently partnered with bp Trinidad and Tobago (bpTT) and other government, private sector and community-based organizations to build its capacity in marine ecosystem rehabilitation, particularly coral reefs and seagrass beds, in a rapidly changing climate. This partnership is a...
New Fisheries Legislation Poised to Promote Sector Growth and Protection
PRESS RELEASE February 28, 2023, Port of Spain – New fisheries legislation will strengthen domestic fisheries management, giving the state agencies more responsibilities and powers to protect the industry. This from the Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Penelope Beckles-Robinson who delivered the feature address...
IMA first in region to earn Nitrate/Nitrite Testing laboratory accreditation
The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) has been successful in attaining ISO/IEC 17025:2017, which is an international accreditation and standard for the ‘General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories’ specific to the nitrate/ nitrite test. Notice of accreditation was issued by letter...
Supporting Trinidad and Tobago’s
Transition to a Sustainable Blue Economy
The Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework Rapid Readiness Assessment Workshop was hostedat the Institute of Marine Affairs on October 18-19, The workshop, which was opened by the Honourable Pennelope Beckles, Minister of Planning and Development, was attended by stakeholders from across government, academia, non-governmental organisations...
It’s time to restore degraded wetlands!
As we join the rest of the world to commemorate World Wetlands Day on February 2nd we are reminded that it is time to restore our degraded wetlands. But why should we? According to the Global Wetland Outlook, 2021, wetlands have always provided services to...
Protecting Tobago from Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease
Prepared by: Hannah Lochan, Marine Technician Cruise ship season is here again after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we welcome visitors to experience our beautiful twin islands, there is one passenger we hope is not on board any cruise ship –...
When Nutrients Become Pollution
Growing up in a Caribbean household one will often hear the phrase ‘too much of a good thing, is a bad thing.’ Children have also been encouraged to eat things that may taste particularly bad, with the promise that it is good for them. As...
Tobago’s reefs are on their third consecutive year of coral bleaching
Trinidad and Tobago continue to be under Bleaching Alert Level Two for the period of October 23 for up to four weeks. Tobago’s reefs are now experiencing coral bleaching for the third consecutive year. The IMA Team has been observing pale and partially bleached corals...
Beyond the Blue
From the oceans to our tables
The fisheries sector is essentially one of the oldest activities within the Blue Economy. It provides healthy and nutritious food and livelihoods for many. Around the globe, over 3 billion people depend on the ocean for their livelihood. And here in Trinidad and Tobago, many of us depend on the ocean for our livelihoods too. There are as many as 6000 registered fishers and around forty to fifty thousand people involved in fishing or other fish-related activity such as net mending, itinerant sales, fish farming and more.
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Monitoring Coral Spawning in Tobago
Life along the Seashore of Trinidad and Tobago
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Beaches and Bays of Trinidad and Tobago
Learn about the beaches and bays of Trinidad and Tobago
The Institute of Marine Affairs
We are a multi-disciplinary research organization that has been mandated to collect, analyse and disseminate information relating to the economic, technological, environmental, social and legal developments in marine affairs and to formulate and implement specific programmes/projects.
The mission of the IMA is to conduct and foster research and to provide advice for the sustainable management of the coastal and marine areas and resources of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ensuring that you are educated about marine health: Learn more about our nation's marine ecosystems through our resource databases.