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State of the Marine Environment Trinidad and Tobago 2016

The report provides a scientifically grounded understanding of the condition of Trinidad and Tobago’s coastal and marine ecosystems, habitats and species which are extremely important for this country’s development and sustainability. It also details how the status of these resources have been, and are being affected by the range of natural and human pressures to which they are subjected such as land-based pollution and impacts from climate change.  The degradation of coastal and marine ecosystems (coral reefs, mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, beaches), mainly from anthropogenic impacts such as pollution has made them more vulnerable to impacts from climate change, and other emerging issues like impacts from invasive alien species (IAS) and Sargassum blooms. Within the...

Twenty Thousand Microplastics in the Sea

Prepared by Attish Kanhai, Research Officer Institute of Marine Affairs First published in 1870, Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea tells the story of something strange happening in the ocean. A sea beast that no one had ever seen before was attacking ships in the ocean. None of the sea folk at the time had any idea what this strange beast might be. An expedition ship, the Abraham Lincoln, sets sail in search of this unknown creature. After some time the Lincoln is attacked by the fearsome sea beast only for the crew to discover that this is no sea beast at all but something manmade yet equally fearsome, a submarine....

The Untold Story of Saharan Dust

by Attish Kanhai, Research OfficerInstitute of Marine Affairs As the tiny boat streaked across the Gulf of Paria during the early hours of a Monday morning, the sky seemed to melt into the ocean. The horizon disappeared as sea and sky faded into one never-ending blue curtain. Not surprising I thought, as I dreaded the day ahead. The weather forecast had predicted extreme plumes of Saharan dust over the next few days and warned allergy sufferers to take the appropriate measures. As I entered into the mangrove forest the waterworks started, runny nose, itchy eyes and sore throat. With a sigh I accepted my...

World Wetlands and Climate Change

Once considered spaces and areas where refuse should be dumped, wetlands are now recognised integral components of marine and terrestrial environments and are also valued as sources of economic contribution to the sustainable development of many economies. The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) joins the Government of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Global Community in observing World Wetlands Day 2019.  The theme this year, World Wetlands and Climate Change, makes a ‘clarion’ call for all of us to recognise and act on carrying out activities that would conserve our wetlands. The Library is pleased to share the following link, which provides access to download/view/read a power-point presentation on World Wetlands Day...

Our Wetlands: Our Defence

by Dr. Rahanna Juman Deputy Director or Research The frequency of disasters worldwide has more than doubled in just 35 years; and 90% of these disasters are water related. More and more, climate change is driving weather-related hazards such as flooding and hurricanes. This pattern is already having a significant impact on Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean; and it’s unlikely to get any better. The most we can do is to develop strategies to manage the impacts of climate change and reduce carbon emissions and this is where wetlands come into their own importance. In the Caribbean Region, it is estimated that changes in...

IMA presents Marine Biology Award to UWI Graduate

On Thursday 3rd January 2019, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented University of the West Indies (St. Augustine Campus) Graduate, Ms. Hannah Lochan, with the IMA – Richard Laydoo Memorial Prize for 2017 – 2018. IMA’s Director, Dr. Ahmad Khan delivered   remarks during the short award presentation at the IMA’s head office on Hilltop Lane Chagaramas  saying “We acknowledge and reward the outstanding academic performance, which  would have been rooted in dedication, hard work and a desire to excel. Ms. Lochan exemplified those ideals by attaining the best academic performance in Marine Biology.”  He added “This donation of the awards reflect our core values of excellence, collaboration and innovation and the Institute’s unwavering support...

Community Research Symposium “Transforming Tobago: Understanding and Conserving our Natural Ecosystems.”

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) hosted its 5th Community Research Symposium, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th October 2018. Addressing the communities of Betsy’s Hope, and Scarborough and environs over the 2 two-day period, the IMA, the Improving Forest and Protected Area Management in Trinidad and Tobago Project (IFPAMTT), and other stakeholders shared details about research conducted by the respective organizations on coastal and marine related issues such as beach/coastal erosion, The invasive Lionfish, Sargassum, and the status of coral reefs and the importance of other protected areas. In addition to...

10 SIMPLE GREEN CORPORATE RESOLUTIONS TO ADOPT

Prepared by Ms. Lorraine Barrow, Institute of Marine Affairs Our marine environment is a major and important source to support livelihoods, employment and income, address food security, alleviate poverty and contribute to economic growth and development. As business corporations we continue to see, every year, a number of extreme weather conditions caused by climate change, indiscriminate human activities and lack of legislative enforcement of environmental laws. We need to ask ourselves if we wish to continue seeing the ongoing destruction of our marine environment, or do we wish to make a change. The years 2017 and 2018 have already gone on...

World Environment Day 2018

Every bit of plastic ever made still exists By: Jeunisse Mohon, OJT, Institute of Marine Affairs “As much as 51 trillion microplastic particles – 500 times more than stars in our galaxy – litter the seas.”- The United Nations The themes this year for both World Environment and World Oceans Days, celebrated on June 5th and 8th respectively are centered on reducing plastic pollution. Plastics have become an almost essential item in today’s world. Their popularity stems from a host of desirable features such as resistance to corrosive chemicals and they are also known to be a good heat and electrical insulators. They are generally lightweight with...

THE IMA Celebrates 40th Anniversary

1978-2018 The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is the only multi-disciplinary coastal, marine and environmental research organization in the CARICOM states, established to conduct inter-disciplinary studies. Mandated to provide advice to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the IMA continues to conduct and foster research on the sustainable management of the coastal and marine spaces and resources of Trinidad and Tobago. The IMA is celebrating 40 years of providing reports, data and advice, through its robust monitoring and research programmes, on the marine environment, including land-based activities with an impact on the oceans, which must be managed more effectively to address the increasing...