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IMA > 2023 > October

Don’t Spare Them, Spear Them… and Eat Them!

“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying lionfish”  Attala Maharaj, The Salty Dog Restaurant, Trinidad “Come and experience lionfish and do the seas a favour!”  Sharon Taylor, Boathouse Restaurant, Tobago Authors: Dr. Farahnaz Solomon, Bria De Costa, Cherisse Persad Lionfish is closer than you know, Find out more below The invasive lionfish is “flying off” fishers’ spears and into markets, retail stores, and restaurants around Trinidad and Tobago. Whether you are looking for new seafood options to prepare at home or enjoy at a restaurant, lionfish is the perfect choice.  This month October, which was National Seafood Month, the LionfishTT Project Team at the Institute of...

IMA Presents 45th Commemorative Anthology Publication to the UWI Alma Jordan Library

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented fifteen (15) copies of its most recent publication titled, ‘Turning the Tide – Fostering Conservation and Sustainable Development: A 45th Anniversary Commemorative Anthology 1992-2023’ to The Alma Jordan Library at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus on September 26, 2023. Unveiled at a book launch on May 26, 2023, to mark the 45th corporate anniversary of the IMA at a Long Service Awards, the publication was edited by then Director (Ag.) Dr. Rahanna Juman and library staff and sponsored by Republic Bank. Exploring the challenges and issues that impact our oceans, coasts and marine resources,...

Consortium of Civil Society Launched in Support of the Spaw Programme of the Cartagena Convention

Press Release Oranjestad, Aruba (October 10, 2023)--The SPAW Consortium, a network of civil society organizations and experts allied in their support of biodiversity protection in the Wider Caribbean Region, was officially launched on October 4, 2023, at the 17th Meeting of Parties of the Convention for the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region (WCR) or Cartagena Convention. The Cartagena Convention is a regional legal agreement for the protection of the Caribbean Sea adopted in Cartagena, Colombia on 24 March 1983 and entered into force on 11 October 1986. The Convention is supported by three technical agreements or Protocols on Oil...

Memorandum of Understand between the Institute of Marine Affairs and GAMMA. Dr. Ava Maxam and Pavel Morales Diaz. Pennlope Beckles, Dr. Rahanna Juman

IMA, and Cuban firm Inversiones GAMMA, sign MOU for Technical Corporation

For Immediate Release 19th October 2023  Port of Spain - The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is set to expand its research capabilities in the areas of coastal engineering, water resource management and other related fields, to address the challenges facing the marine and coastal regions.  The IMA, on Thursday 12th. October 2023, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Cuban firm INVERSIONES GAMMA S.A.  The Cuban firm is a government entity reporting to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment of the Republic of Cuba The MOU allows both parties to share technical expertise for sustainable marine and coastal management. ...

Bleaching Coral

Coral Bleaching Alert for Tobago

In September, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Coral Reef Watch has placed Trinidad and Tobago under Bleaching Alert Level 2, where severe, widespread bleaching and significant coral mortality are very likely. Reports of moderate coral bleaching have been received from several sites around Tobago including Store Bay, South Coast, Mt Irvine, and Englishman’s Bay by marine users. Bleached boulder brain coral at Castara in August Bleached grooved brain coral at Mt Irvine in September As part of Tobago’s Bleaching Response Plan, the Institute of Marine Affairs has alerted all stakeholders that work in the marine environment, and have made an appeal for any observations of...

Grande Riviere Beach Shifting – A dynamic coastline that requires coastal zone planning

By: Christopher Alexis and Isabelle Chen Grande Riviere Beach is located on the scenic north coast of Trinidad and gets its name from the large river that empties into the Caribbean Sea at the eastern end of the beach. It spans approximately 1.2 km in length and is curved with varying beach widths (Figure 1). This Beach provides an important habitat for marine and coastal wildlife.  It is one of the most important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), which has been declared vulnerable on a global scale by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and World Wildlife Fund...

Store Bay

Store Bay in Tobago is a very busy and popular beach. It's not far from the airport and many hotels, just a short walk away. There are two hotels on the cliffs nearby. The beach is 210 meters long and gently slopes into the sea. The sand is light-colored, and the water is blue-green and inviting. Waves come in from the northwest, and they're not too big. The water currents flow to the southwest. One special thing about this beach is that the sea floor suddenly drops down about 65 cm in one spot. You can park your car for free near the beach, and there...