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IMA Presents 45th Commemorative Anthology Publication to the UWI Alma Jordan Library

The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) presented fifteen (15) copies of its most recent publication titled, ‘Turning the Tide – Fostering Conservation and Sustainable Development: A 45th Anniversary Commemorative Anthology 1992-2023’ to The Alma Jordan Library at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus on September 26, 2023. Unveiled at a book launch on May 26, 2023, to mark the 45th corporate anniversary of the IMA at a Long Service Awards, the publication was edited by then Director (Ag.) Dr. Rahanna Juman and library staff and sponsored by Republic Bank. Exploring the challenges and issues that impact our oceans, coasts and marine resources,...

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. ...

Bleaching Coral

Coral Bleaching Alert for Tobago

In September, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Coral Reef Watch has placed Trinidad and Tobago under Bleaching Alert Level 2, where severe, widespread bleaching and significant coral mortality are very likely. Reports of moderate coral bleaching have been received from several sites around Tobago including Store Bay, South Coast, Mt Irvine, and Englishman’s Bay by marine users. Bleached boulder brain coral at Castara in August Bleached grooved brain coral at Mt Irvine in September As part of Tobago’s Bleaching Response Plan, the Institute of Marine Affairs has alerted all stakeholders that work in the marine environment, and have made an appeal for any observations of...

Grande Riviere Beach Shifting – A dynamic coastline that requires coastal zone planning

By: Christopher Alexis and Isabelle Chen Grande Riviere Beach is located on the scenic north coast of Trinidad and gets its name from the large river that empties into the Caribbean Sea at the eastern end of the beach. It spans approximately 1.2 km in length and is curved with varying beach widths (Figure 1). This Beach provides an important habitat for marine and coastal wildlife.  It is one of the most important nesting sites for the leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea), which has been declared vulnerable on a global scale by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List and World Wildlife Fund...

Store Bay

Store Bay in Tobago is a very busy and popular beach. It's not far from the airport and many hotels, just a short walk away. There are two hotels on the cliffs nearby. The beach is 210 meters long and gently slopes into the sea. The sand is light-colored, and the water is blue-green and inviting. Waves come in from the northwest, and they're not too big. The water currents flow to the southwest. One special thing about this beach is that the sea floor suddenly drops down about 65 cm in one spot. You can park your car for free near the beach, and there...

Our Valuable Marine Systems 

Coral reefs and seagrass meadows are some of the most diverse marine ecosystems. Coral reefs are home to 25% of life in the ocean. Seagrass meadows play an important role in keeping the oceans healthy and providing habitat for a wide array of marine organisms. A number of disturbance events have affected Tobago’s marine ecosystems resulting in significant mortality / dieback of critical coral reefs and seagrass beds. Coral reef monitoring (IMA) has shown up to 50 % coral loss from the 2010 bleaching with minimal recovery to date as a result of pollution and overfishing that limit the natural recovery processes. Seagrass beds...

Englishman's Bay, Tobago

MARIN Tobago, the next phase 

The main phase of the MARIN project has commenced following a renewed partnership between bp Trinidad and Tobago and the Institute of Marine Affairs with funding support from bp (UK).  MARIN Tobago intends to deliver long-term biodiversity conservation and restoration of Tobago’s marine ecosystems using a multifaceted approach: (1) building sustainable ocean resilience; (2) restoring of Tobago’s coral reefs and seagrass beds; (3) generating ocean stewardship through outreach and engagement. The project will focus on Tobago’s marine ecosystems within the Buccoo Reef - Bon Accord Lagoon Marine Protected Area (MPA), and the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve in Northeast Tobago. Both areas hold...