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Institute of Marine Affairs and SECORE International Join Forces to Restore Tobago’s Coral Reefs

Port of Spain - The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is pleased to announce its partnership with SECORE International, Inc., an implementing partner under the Marine Resilience Initiative (MARIN) Tobago project. The Institute’s collective goal is to restore Tobago’s coral reef in terms of coral cover and biodiversity. Such efforts are urgently needed given the threat of global climate change to coral reefs and the vulnerability of Small Island Developing States. SECORE is a leading organization in developing and sharing the methods and technologies for a large-scale restoration of corals. The organisation’s work focuses on integrating science and innovative technology to implement coral restoration through...

Ceremonial Signing – First of its kind with the new blue carbon credit scheme for Trinidad and Tobago

BY KRYSTAL GANASELAL Port of Spain – Trinidad and Tobago boldly steps towards establishing a blue carbon market. The country will leverage the value of carbon stored in its marine assets to finance conservation and restoration efforts and generate revenue for developing economies and blue economy endeavours. This, as the Government of Trinidad and Tobago collaborates with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to pilot a Blue Carbon Credit Scheme for the twin-island Republic. The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the initiative at the Yara Auditorium of the Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business on...

United Nations Delegation tours IMA: Exploring Marine Research and Conservation efforts

Chaguaramas – The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) proudly hosted a distinguished delegation from the United Nations on Friday 24 May, 2024. The delegation comprised UN Regional Director for Latin American and the Caribbean - Mr. Roberto Valent; UN Resident Coordinator in Trinidad and Tobago – Ms. Joanna Kazana; Head of Office, UN Resident Coordinator Office – Ms. Tracey Hutchinson; and Partnerships and Development Finance Officer, UN Resident Coordinator Office – Mr. Mark Thomas. Accompanying the UN team was Ms. Jewel Bachansingh, Director of the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC). Ms. Bachansingh provided insights into BCRC’s...

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...

MOU NGC

NGC JOINS IMA IN THE BID TO SAVE CARLI BAY MANGROVE

The National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (NGC) is joining the effort to stem the decline in mangrove health in Trinidad and Tobago. This week, the company signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), to implement a Mangrove Rehabilitation Project in the Carli Bay/Point Lisas area. This collaboration will promote the restoration and protection of the mangroves in a region that plays a critical role in the country’s environmental and economic landscape. Once characterised by a continuous wetland, the Couva/Carli Bay area has seen its wetland ecosystem fragment into the Couva River/Lisas Bay mangrove forest, the...

IMA & CARIRI Collaborate to Promote Caribbean Growth and Development

Port of Spain The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) pool their institutional talent, resources, and technical expertise to support and promote economic growth and development in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.  Both entities solidified this commitment via the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at CARIRI’s head office located at the St. Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) on November 16th., 2023.  Dr Ava Maxam, Director IMA, and Mr. Hans-Erich Schulz, Chief Executive Officer CARIRI signing Memorandum of Understanding With Research and Development (R&D) at the core of the entities’ mandate, the IMA,...

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. ...

Marin Tobago team

The restoration journey continues, Project MARIN proceeds for another five years.  

Media release: September 11, 2023  The MARIN Tobago pilot brings needed attention to endangered coral reefs and seagrass meadows. The report on the pilot phase indicates the way forward for the next five years.   The Institute of Marine Affairs’ coral and seagrass restoration project, MARIN, has passed through a successful pilot phase and is now set to enter the main phase with support from bpTT.  Based on the success of the pilot project, bpTT has committed US$1 million in grant funding to support a 5-year work programme with the IMA to further their work in coral reef and seagrass restoration across Tobago, working in partnership with NGOs,...

New Fisheries Legislation Poised to Promote Sector Growth and Protection

PRESS RELEASE February 28, 2023, Port of Spain – New fisheries legislation will strengthen domestic fisheries management, giving the state agencies more responsibilities and powers to protect the industry. This from the Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Penelope Beckles-Robinson who delivered the feature address at a Prize Giving Ceremony on Friday 24th February 2023 to recognise eleven (11) winners of the Beyond the Blue: From the Ocean to our Tables public education challenge, an initiative of the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and Republic Bank through the Power to Make a Difference programme. Delivering the feature address, the Honourable Minister said, the domestic fisheries...