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Diversity: A Key to Reducing Vulnerability in the Fishing Industry

We are all familiar with the fisherman bringing in the day’s catch, selling his fish at the market or perhaps along the roadside.  However, do you know there are many more roles performed in the fishing industry?  The industry includes all the processes involved in getting the fish out of the water and on to our plates; the different types of boats, fishing gear and fishing methods, the various post harvesting processing methods and facilities, and the distribution and marketing channels of the fish and fishery products.  The available roles identified along fisheries value chains can therefore be quite diverse.  Disruptions along the various...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10th 2021IMA INVESTIGATES GULF OF PARIA OIL SPILLThe Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) on Monday 9th August 2021 responded to reports of an oil spill in the Gulf of Paria (GOP). IMA is conducting investigations as part of a multi-agency team comprising technocrats from the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA). On Monday, the multi-agency team began its investigations with a marine survey to determine the extent of the oil spill. Preliminary information reaching the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries indicates, a leaking oil pipeline which had been earlier contained to prevent oil entering...

A Safe Ocean

Coastal communities and ocean users operate within a dynamic environment, faced with a range of ocean hazards that are both natural and human-induced. These can have a significant impact on marine environments and can result in loss of life and livelihoods. Risks of exposure to ocean hazards therefore require assessment, forecasting, mitigating, adaptive responses and policies to mainstream resilience towards ‘A safe ocean where life and livelihoods are protected from ocean-related hazards’ - Outcome 5 of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021 - 2030....