Gold mining. Image: Knut-Erik Helle
Fisheries

Mercury from illegal gold mining in Venezuela threatens Caribbean ecosystems

An alarming report by Jewel Fraser, writing for Seafood Source: A group of Venezuelan scientists and an investigative journalist told an audience of fellow scientists and journalists that, whereas in 2016 the Venezuelan government created the Orinoco Mining Arc National Strategic Development Zone, with the ostensible objective of inviting international …

Diva Amon receives ISA award. Image: via International Seabed Authority
Oceans

Triniadadian marine biologist Diva Amon wins award for excellence in deep sea research

The inaugural International Seabed Authority Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research was recently presented to Dr. Diva Amon of Trinidad and Tobago:  This annual award is given to young researchers under 35 years old from developing countries, and recognizes the excellence of their contribution to the advancement of …

Suriname flowers. Image: Joost Beljon
Biodiversity

Regional biodiversity information portal launched

The Caribbean Biodiversity Information Portal was officially launched August 9, 2018 in Barbados. The Barbados Advocate reports: Speaking at the official launching ceremony … Assistant Curator of the Natural History Department at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kerron Hamblin, revealed that the project was a year long regional project …

Styrofoam food box. Image: BrokenSphere
Solid waste
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Trinidad and Tobago to ban Styrofoam with effect from 2019

Yet another Caribbean country announces a ban on Styrofoam products. It’s official. Come 2019, polystyrene products, such as Styrofoam containers, will be illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis made the announcement while speaking at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary on Thursday evening. She said the …

Planting mangroves in Trinidad. Image: Vashti Singh via Trinidad and Tobago Newsday
Biodiversity

Volunteers help plant mangroves in Trinidad and Tobago

More encouraging news to mark World Mangrove Day. Trinidad and Tobago’s Environmental Policy Planning Division, in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Affairs, recently organized a mangrove planting activity on Trinidad’s west coast: Dozens of volunteers descended on the Brickfield mudflats, Orange Field in Carapichaima [on June 24, 2018] to …

Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology
Biodiversity
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Event: First Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology

The inaugural Latin America and Caribbean Congress for Conservation Biology will be held in Trinidad and Tobago, July 25 to 27, 2018: The Latin America and Caribbean Section (LACA) of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is proud to join the University of the West Indies to host the inaugural …

Ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad and Tobago. Image: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea Trinidad and Tobago
Oil and gas

Oil spills in Trinidad and Tobago’s Gulf of Paria

On July 6, 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported an oil and gas well rupture in the Gulf of Paria: Fishermen are bracing for losses after an abandoned oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Paria, shooting emissions of oil and gas 40 feet up from the seabed. Up …