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Supporting Trinidad and Tobago’s
Transition to a Sustainable Blue Economy

The Sustainable Blue Economy Transition Framework Rapid Readiness Assessment Workshop was hostedat the Institute of Marine Affairs on October 18-19, The workshop, which was opened by the Honourable Pennelope Beckles, Minister of Planning and Development, was attended by stakeholders from across government, academia, non-governmental organisations and private sector with interest in fostering a sustainable blue economy for Trinidad and Tobago. Across the world, there is growing awareness about the blue economy as a potential source of economicdiversification and growth. The blue economy construct centres on developing ocean-based activity while emphasising improved human well-being, social justice and equity, ensuring conservation of natural resources and ecological sustainability....

It’s time to restore degraded wetlands!

As we join the rest of the world to commemorate World Wetlands Day on February 2nd we are reminded that it is time to restore our degraded wetlands. But why should we? According to the Global Wetland Outlook, 2021, wetlands have always provided services to humanity, yet recognition of the scale of these benefits and the consequences of their loss is quite recent. Critical wetland ecosystem services include: carbon sequestration and storage, particularly in peatlands and marine ecosystems; ensuring safe and reliable supplies of drinking and irrigation water; the provision of goods and services connected with food security; and management against water-related disasters such...

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Protecting Tobago from Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease

Prepared by: Hannah Lochan, Marine Technician Cruise ship season is here again after a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we welcome visitors to experience our beautiful twin islands, there is one passenger we hope is not on board any cruise ship - the lethal pathogen that causes Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD)! This pathogen can be transported via ballast water in ships and is extremely virulent causing its own underwater coral epidemic having already decimated coral reefs in the region. Potential spread of SCTLD When a ship is preparing for a voyage, it often takes in saltwater into large holding tanks in its...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 18

Fishers can improve their income from fishing if they explore opportunities for adding greater value to their primary product. This week on #BeyondTheBlue we continue our discussion with 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 for the discussion. Beyond the Blue is brought to you by our proud sponsor, Republic Bank TT #Instituteofmarineaffairs#trinidadandtobago#republicbank#puzzlecompetition#ima ...

Beyond the Blue – Season 4 Episode 17

This week on #BeyondTheBlue, Dr. Sharon Hutchinson speaks on how the region can meaningfully expand its Fisheries by bringing greater benefits to fishers through the use of information technology. Tune in as she explains further. Beyond the Blue is brought to you by our proud sponsor, Republic Bank TT #Instituteofmarineaffairs#trinidadandtobago#republicbank#puzzlecompetition#ima ...

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 ...