Aquaponics. Image: Plant Chicago.
Agriculture

FAO workshop to help Caribbean aquaponics farmers improve market access

This week in Barbados, the FAO will be holding a workshop aimed at helping aquaponics farmers from around the Caribbean build their businesses sustainably: Helping Caribbean aquaponics farmers learn and use efficient business practices that can increase their market access and support more sustainable food production in the region is …

Sharda Mahabir. Photo: via Write It Down
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Sharda Mahabir

Today’s Green Antilles interviewee is Dr. Sharda Mahabir, founder of the Adopt A River programme in Trinidad and Tobago. As Project Manager of the Adopt A River programme, Sharda manages community projects across Trinidad and Tobago that help to improve the condition of the country’s rivers. Please tell Green Antilles readers …

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 …