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Marine Reference Collection

Marine Reference Collection The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is the custodian of the only Marine Reference Collection in Trinidad and Tobago.  This collection is of national, regional and global significance in terms of its unique contents and relationship to world-wide taxonomic holdings.  It is the largest collection of marine specimens for Trinidad and Tobago, and includes a number of fish species, molluscs, crustaceans, and corals. The IMA is now in the process of upgrading this collection, and integrating it into the global network of taxonomic holdings using up to date collection management standards....

An Investigation into the Increase in Prevalence of Yellow Band Disease in Orbicella Faveolata under Increasing Nutrient Enrichment

An Investigation into the Increase in Prevalence of Yellow Band Disease in Orbicella Faveolata under Increasing Nutrient Enrichment Whilst Caribbean coral reefs have been negatively impacted by coral diseases leading to severe declines in hard coral cover, very few studies have been conducted in Tobago.  This project will establish the first baseline Yellow-band disease dataset in Orbicella .faveolata, a major reef building species in Tobago.  It will determine the water quality parameters that make a significant contribution to poor coral health, and identify areas at greatest risk of Yellow-band disease outbreaks....

Development of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) plan and marine spatial plan

Development of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) plan and marine spatial plan for the North West Peninsula of Trinidad A draft Integrated Coastal Zone Management Policy Framework was developed in 2014 by a Multi-sectoral Steering Committee appointed by Cabinet in 2012.  This initiative was led by the IMA. The implementation of the ICZM policy framework will require regional plans to be developed collaboratively with key stakeholders.   The Northwest Peninsula of Trinidad, extending from Scotland Bay to the mouth of the Diego Martin River, was selected as the pilot area for the development of an ICZM and Marine Spatial Plan (MSP) since this coastal area...

An Investigation of the Benthic (fauna on and in the Seabed) Community structure along the South East Coast and Galeota Port, Trinidad

An Investigation of the Benthic (fauna on and in the Seabed) Community structure along the South East Coast and Galeota Port, Trinidad Trinidad and Tobago acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) in January 2012. Ships carry ballast water to provide stability, thrust and manoeuvrability, depending on the quantity of cargo being transported; as well as to compensate loss of fuel weight, water consumption, and to maintain structural stress at acceptable levels while in operations. The BWM Convention came into force in 2017, and requires new and existing ships carrying ballast water to control...

Monitoring of the seagrass communities around Trinidad and Tobago

Monitoring of the seagrass communities around Trinidad and Tobago An inventory of the seagrass communities around Trinidad and Tobago was completed in 2001 and a monitoring programme was developed and implemented in 2002.  Seagrass growth and productivity are monitored at four sites along the northwest peninsula of Trinidad and five sites in southwest Tobago, four times per year.  In 2006, the monitoring programme was expanded to include water quality sampling. Water quality parameters including nitrates, nitrites, ammonia, phosphates, and chlorophyll a concentrations are collected twice per year at all nine seagrass sites.  In 2017, the faunal species that live on and within the seagrass bed...

Monitoring of Coral Reefs

Monitoring of Coral Reefs Baseline studies on coral reefs in Tobago were conducted in the 1980’s and repeated in 2008.  Based on the recommendations from the 2008 report, a monitoring programme was developed.  This programme include a high-resolution examination of the stability of the coral community structure and demography (recruitment, growth, survivorship, etc.) of major coral reef organisms on an impacted reef (Buccoo Reef), less impacted (Culloden Reef), and an intermediate reef (Speyside Reef). Additional coral sites at Charlotteville, Castara and Plymouth were established in 2015. Fish, macroalgal and macroinvertebrate (principally including corals, gorgonians and sea urchins) populations are studied at the same permanent transects...

The Caribbean Coastal Monitoring Programme (CARICOMP)

[vc_row][vc_column][mkd_elements_holder items_float_left="yes"][mkd_elements_holder_item item_width="1-1" item_padding="0px 20px 0px 0px" horizontal_aligment="left" vertical_alignment="middle"][vc_empty_space [height="2px"][mkd_custom_font font_family="Raleway" font_size="32" line_height="45" font_weight="800" letter_spacing="0"  content_custom_font="The Caribbean Coastal Monitoring Programme (CARICOMP)" margin="0px" color="#313646"][vc_empty_space height="2px"][vc_column_text]CARICOMP is a regional programme whose principal goal is to determine the dominant influences on coastal productivity in the Caribbean Region and to discriminate between human disturbances and long-term natural variation. Caribbean countries including Trinidad and Tobago have all conducted a standardized, synoptic set of measurements of the structure, productivity and associated physical parameters of relatively undisturbed coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. The IMA has been monitoring the coral reef, seagrass bed and mangrove swamp in the Bon Accord Lagoon/...