Sponges. Image: Chris Nelson

US National Science Foundation awards grant for study of sponges in the Caribbean

A team of researchers in the US have received grant funding from the National Science Foundation (US NSF) to study microbially mediated ecological diversification in sponges found in the Caribbean. Team member Dr. Cara Fiore explains: “Coral reefs represent a paradox because, despite their immense productivity and biodiversity, they are …

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Oil and gas

Caribbean oil discoveries trigger big offshore technology contracts

From Offshore Support Journal, and article about the ongoing developments in offshore oil exploration in the Caribbean: A string of deep-water discoveries in the Caribbean has triggered a torrent of activity in the offshore supply industry, as one nation after another invites the exploration industry to drill for hydrocarbons in …

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Caribbean-Pacific fishers' exchange. Image: via Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism.

Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange encourages sharing of best practices

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in cooperation with the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands, have organized a Caribbean-Pacific fishers’ exchange tour, with a specific focus on the use of fish aggregating devices (FADs): The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and the FAO …

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Trinidad and Tobago launches “Don’t pack a pest” campaign

With support from the United States Department of Agriculture, Trinidad and Tobago has launched a programme to prevent the accidental introduction of agricultural pests via passenger luggage: There is a high risk of diseases such as Foot and Mouth crossing the border from Venezuela and entering T&T, said Agriculture Minister …

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Nature Foundation staff tags a shark in St. Maarten's waters. Image: St. Maarten Nature Foundation.

St. Maarten Nature Foundation relaunches shark conservation project

The St. Maarten Nature Foundation has relaunched its shark research and conservation project, which was put on hold in 2017 as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria: Nature Foundation has restarted its shark conservation programme as part of the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA) “Save Our Sharks” conservation project …

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Grenada climate-smart agriculture bootcamp. Image: via Caribbean Development Bank

Youth attend CDB-funded bootcamp on climate-smart agriculture in Grenada

Thirty young Grenadians recently participated in a bootcamp designed to position them to be pioneers in climate-smart agriculture: The youth participants, who are between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, are the newest cohort in the Caribbean Development Bank’s Vybzing Youth Outreach Programme, which is being held under …

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Plastic collected for recycling. Image: via Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Solid waste

Head of Trinidad and Tobago’s solid waste agency calls for more recycling

Trinidad and Tobago’s Solid Waste Management Company is working to increase the country’s waste recycling rate: The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) processes 30 tonnes of plastic every month, which is less than one per cent of the plastic generated by the people of TT. SWMCOL CEO Ronald Roach added …

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