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Fishing for Cutlassfish

Persons driving into Chaguaramas in December 2020 and January 2021 were greeted with the sight of numerous fishing vessels operating close to shore in the vicinity of Alcoa and in William’s Bay. Enquiries by any curious onlooker would have revealed that they were fishing for “cutlassfish” in the late evenings, nights and early mornings. I myself was intrigued by this activity having never seen so many vessels operating in that area. On one occasion, I counted as many as 80 pirogues. Since then, I have fielded numerous questions from both colleagues and the public about the particulars of this fishery and the role of...

Another ‘Golden Tide’ on our Shorelines

By Rahanna Juman, Director (Ag.)Institute of Marine Affairs For yet another year, massive quantities of Sargassum are seen washing up along our coasts and is causing concerns among fishers and other beach users.   This new source of sargassum is now linked to climate change and ocean eutrophication, and these are likely to continue supporting significant sargassum blooms into the future. As such, annual mass influxes of sargassum into the Caribbean Sea are now being considered as the 'new normal', requiring sustainable management responses and long-term adaptation (Desrochers et al. 2020). Pelagic (free-floating) sargassum, a brown alga from the equatorial Atlantic, comprises a mixture of two or...

The Great Conservation Story Leatherback Turtle Conservation in Trinidad and Tobago: Community and Conservation

This is the third and final part of a three-part series on the Great Conservation of the Leatherback Turtle in Trinidad and Tobago. We last learnt how Nature Seekers started in 1990 with the assistance of the Forestry’s Wildlife Section. Since then, Nature Seekers has continued to grow as a Non-governmental organization (NGO) in membership and recognition both here and abroad. Nature Seekers has been recognised for their great work and contribution to protecting the leatherback turtles, and as an excellent example of how education and a love for these charismatic creatures can change people’s perspective on how to wisely use their natural resources. The...

The Great Conservation Story of the Leatherback Turtle in Trinidad and Tobago: Collaboration, Community and Conservation

It is 10 pm and the moonlight is beaming in the horizon and the waves are crashing onto the shores of the North East Coast of Trinidad. There in the distance, what looks like a rock in the water, is not a rock at all but an ancient gentle giant of the sea – a female leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)- slowly making her way up the beach to begin digging a hole to lay her eggs. As this majestic creature lays her eggs, I will continue the great conservation story about the leatherback turtle in Trinidad and Tobago. As mentioned in Part One of...

Valuing a precious commodity – Water

Krystal Ganaselal – Information Officer/Public RelationsInstitute of Marine Affairs The water that exists today has been around for hundreds of millions of years, and the water you drank earlier, may perhaps have been the same water that quenched the thirst of dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago! Celebrated on 22nd March annually, World Water Day 2021 is themed ‘Valuing Water’ and asks people ‘What does water mean to you?  How important is it in your home and environment?’ We are all dependent on this precious resource for daily tasks and use it for a variety of purposes. Having personally experienced the result of a harsh dry...

IMA donates Books to The UWI Alma Jordan Library

Lorraine Barrow - Librarian Institute of Marine Affairs On February 23, 2021, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented The University of the West Indies (UWI) Alma Jordan Library with three copies of its most recent publication titled, Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago, reinforcing its commitment to public education and awareness. Unveiled at a virtual book launch on February 2nd 2021 to commemorate World Wetlands Day, the publication describes, inter alia, the various types of mangrove trees that are indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago with a comprehensive depiction of the geographical distribution of this wetland ecosystem in our twin-island republic.   This book, which was written by...

IMA Presentation of Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago Books to NALIS

By Lorraine Barrow, LibrarianInstitute of Marine Affairs On February 23, 2021, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented the National Library and Information System Authority (NALIS) with 162 copies of its most recent publication titled, Mangrove Forests of Trinidad and Tobago, reinforcing its commitment to public education and awareness. Unveiled at a virtual book launch on February 2nd 2021 to commemorate World Wetlands Day, the publication describes the various types of mangrove trees that are indigenous to Trinidad and Tobago with a comprehensive description of the geographical distribution of this wetland ecosystem in our twin-island republic.   Written by the Director (Ag.) of the Institute of Marine...

Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) and Tobago’s Coral Reefs

By Dr. Anjani Ganase, Coral Reef EcologistInstitute of Marine Affairs History of the SCTLD Disease Between 2014 and 2017 along the Florida Reef Tract, the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) spread over a 100 kilometers  of reefs. As the disease spread to other locations, it left in its wake, high coral mortality among some of the most common and crucial species found on Caribbean reefs. Today, the spread is much wider with latest survey reports showing outbreaks of the SCTLD disease throughout the Great Antilles, along the Mesoamerican Barrier reef and with observations of SCTLD as far south as St Lucia. The direction of the...