La Brea Fisherfolk Association president Alvin La Borde is requesting the urgent removal of mounds of garbage which have been washing up on the beaches following heavy rainfall over the past few days.
The garbage, now mixed with the decaying fish carcases, has created a health hazard, La Borde said, as he urged the authorities to act with haste.
The Disaster Management Unit (DMU) of the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation has received two shallow search and rescue water crafts (dingy) from the U.S. government to assist in its disaster preparedness during the 2018 rainy season.
At the handing over ceremony today at the Penal/Debe Regional Corporation, Debe, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John W. McIntyre said while the project “will only scratch the surface in disaster response by providing a mode of transportation to communities isolated by floods, it is indicative of our longstanding partnership.”
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says that its Emergency Response and Investigations Unit (ERI), in an immediate response to a report on June 11th from the La Brea Fisherfolk regarding the presence of dead fishes at Pt. Sable, visited the area in conjunction with the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) to conduct investigations.
A statement by the EMA said that in its capacity as overall coordinator of environmental management in Trinidad and Tobago, it also asked the Disaster Management Unit of the Ministry of Local Government (MLA) to provide an assessment.
Thousands of dead fishes are continuing to wash ashore on the beaches of La Brea, prompting speculation that the fishes are being dumped as a ploy to bring down fish sales.
The fishes were first spotted on Monday at Carat Shed Beach but as the week progressed they began washing up at Point Sable beach.
President of the La Brea Fisherfolk Association Alvin La Borde said most of the fishes were herrings, sardines, and mullet. He said the fishes appear to have been dumped as most of them were already past the point of decay.
An assurance is being given that after years of many failed attempts, the Beverage Containers Bill will be passed.
It comes from Public Utilities Minister Robert Le Hunte and its just one of the measures being taken in a bid to beat plastic pollution.
More in this report.
The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) is applauding the initiative by Massy Stores to reduce the use of plastic bags.
SWMCOL issued a statement Tuesday saying that as it continues to encourage citizens to “Get into Green” by adopting everyday practices that redound to the benefit of our beautiful island environment, "we applaud Massy Stores’ recently launched initiative to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags".
The start of the 2018 rainy season will be declared in a few days as a Tropical Storm is currently forming in the region and could be heading to T&T.
As a result T&T citizens are being warned to prepare themselves for this season as it is being predicted to be worse than last year with June’s Tropical Storm Bret and “the great floods of October (2017)”.
This warning came from climatologist Kenneth Kerr, who spoke at the Wet & Hurricane Season’s Seventh National Climate Outlook Forum held at the Sugarcane Feed Centre, Pokhor Road, Longdenville, Chaguanas.