At a Wider Caribbean Regional Workshop on ‘Assessment of Land Based Sources of Pollution and Methodologies in Land Based Sources’ held Venezuela in 2005, representatives identified the need to establish an environmental monitoring project. Such a project will identify changes or adverse impacts on the marine and coastal areas in which information derived can guide / inform policy making in a timely and efficient manner for the improvement in the quality of life of citizens and preservation of our natural environments. Results of the monitoring programme in Trinidad have revealed hotspot areas in which there are excessive and elevated pollution levels. In 2017, monitoring of marine areas continued in the Gulf of Paria at locations including Claxton Bay, Pt Lisas, Caroni, Port of Spain, Maraval and Diego Martin. Land-based discharges were monitored at locations Pt Lisas and Caroni. Water quality data was submitted to UNEP to be included in the State of Convention Area Report (SOCAR).
April 14, 2018