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Artisanal fishing boats at San Fernando

International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 (IYAFA2022): SMALL IN SCALE, BUT BIG IN VALUE

“Our small actions can have big impacts, like a ripple effect.”  Small-scale fishing and aquaculture can bring food to one family and provides healthy nutrition to millions more.  It brings value to all. Small-scale fishers and farmers also know what it means to preserve the balance in our ecosystems.  But our livelihoods are at risk, now more than ever, we need to be resilient, include us in decisions that affect us, and we will adapt and innovate with the changing tide. We may be small scale, but our way of life will make a difference, and keep on spreading like ripples in the water”.  These...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 16

This week on #BeyondtheBlue, Economist, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Head of the Department of Agriculture Economics and Extension the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine speaks on coastal communities across the Caribbean region and how they depend mainly on seafood for their primary source of protein. Tune in here! ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 15

This week on #BeyondTheBlue we interviewed Economist, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson, Head of the Department of Agriculture Economics and Extension the Faculty of Food and Agriculture, University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. Tune in here as she speaks about the importance of Data Collection within the Fisheries Industry. ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 14

Trinidad and Tobago exports tons of the number one fish, Yellow Fin Tuna to the United States annually. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation in 2020 our country earned US$13.1 million dollars from the sale of 9082 tons of Yellow Fin Tuna. Tune in as the team at the Land, Ice and Fish Division of the HADCO Group of Companies explains further. ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 13

71-year-old Mr. Deonarine Kalpoo a crab and cascadoo harvester describes how he uses bamboo traps to catch crabs alongside the banks of the Caroni Swamp. Tune in right here to this week's #BeyondTheBlue as Mr. Kalpoo explains further. To learn more about Beyond the Blue, visit our page, Beyond the Blue ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Polluted Nutrients

When Nutrients Become Pollution

Growing up in a Caribbean household one will often hear the phrase ‘too much of a good thing, is a bad thing.’ Children have also been encouraged to eat things that may taste particularly bad, with the promise that it is good for them. As we gets older, we find ourselves examining nutrition labels and slowly we come to the realisation that our parents were right! So now when one hears the word ‘nutrient’, surely, you may be tempted to think, we can’t have too much of it, not so? The term Nutrient typically refers to a substance or ingredient that promotes growth, provides energy,...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 12

Research Officer, Daniel Robinson of the Institute of Marine Affairs has joined us this week on #BeyondTheBlue as we take a closer look at the Institute's studies related to the cultivation of saltwater fish or mariculture. Tune in here for the discussion. To learn more about Beyond the Blue, visit our page, Beyond the Blue ‘Beyond the Blue’ is a radio broadcast of the Institute of Marine Affairs.Sponsored by the Republic Bank Limited ...

Salybia

Salybia Bay

Salybia Bay is on the extreme northeastern tip of Trinidad. To reach this bay, turn right (east) on to the Galera Road at the Toco junction where the Toco Main Road turns into the Paria Main Road. The beach is approximately 2 km east of the secondary school. This bay is not to be confused with Saline bay, on the east coast, which is close to the fishing village of Salibea. This beach is approximately 700 m long with coarse-grained, whitish-grey sand composed primarily of quartz and carbonate particles and slopes moderately to the sea. Waves approach from the northwest as plunging breakers with an...

Grande Riviere

Grande Riviere Bay

Grande Riviere Bay is off the Paria Main Road. Approximately 1 km west of the bridge over the Grande Riviere River, turn right onto Hosang Street which leads directly to the beach. The beach, composed of coarse-grained, quartzrich sand, is approximately 1.2 km long and has a moderate to steep slope. Shrubs, vines, almond trees and coconut palms grow on the flat upper beach. The Grande Riviere River enters the sea at the eastern end of the bay. High energy waves averaging 82 cm in height in the dry season and 60 cm in the wet season, approach from the north as plunging breakers. Strong longshore...