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Oil Spill Tobago - Dr Anjani Ganase

IMA Assesses Tobago’s Spill-Affected Areas 

Scarborough The Institute of Marine Affairs on 10th February, 2024, dispatched a team to conduct initial ecological assessments of mangroves, beaches and other areas affected by the oil spill of 7th February, caused when the crew-less vessel, Gulf Stream, capsized nearshore Cove Bay on the Atlantic side of Tobago. The team analysed data from satellite imagery product providers such as The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to track movement of the oil-like substance over distance and time, as well as mined years of rich historical data amassed by IMA for monitoring Tobago's marine and coastal environments. From this, preliminary priority sites were determined...

Icacos Swamp villagers remove tilapia 2024

Life interlaced with wetlands and people

Wetlands and people have been intricately connected throughout human history.  Human well-being is irrevocably tied to the state of the world’s wetlands. For thousands of years, people have established settlements near wetlands for access to fish, shipping and trade, establishing tourism, freshwater for crops and livestock and other food sources. Wetlands are considered the Earth’s kidneys as their silt-rich soil and plants naturally filter and store freshwater, on which human existence relies.  Wetlands helped support the development of civilised communities in the inundated and fertile floodplain environments of the Nile, Tigris, and Euphrates Rivers, and played a major role in supporting large populations of people...