More Venezuelan nationals have been intercepted in the Gulf of Paria by the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard (TTCG), attempting to enter the country illegally.
According to a release issued by the TTCG, just before one o’clock this morning, twenty-six Venezuelan nationals were caught in a pirogue named Dona Josafena, with registration ARSI 3685.
The pirogue’s occupants included thirteen (13) adult males, four (4) adult females and nine (9) children.
Pirates attempted to attack fishermen from Orange Valley and Carli Bay on Thursday night.
Imtiaz Khan, president of the Carli Bay Fishermen Association, said villagers were at the wake of Melissa Khan, the mother of Jason Baptiste, one of the fishermen who was killed on July 22, when they were alerted that six men on a boat attempted to rob the fishermen who had to cut their nets and flee.
Khan said the fishermen showed up at the wake shaken and worried.
Six fishermen and two boats from Orange Valley are missing after another pirate attack in national waters.
President of the Carli Bay Fishing Association, Imtiaz Khan, said several boats from both Carli Bay and Orange Valley were out in the Gulf of Paria when the pirates struck. He says they don’t know whether the pirates were locals or Venezuelans.
Fishermen on a couple of boats were able to cut their nets and make it back to shore to warn everyone about what was happening.
Senior well-control engineers from the United States and the Energy Ministry experts will make a decision by the end of the week, on how to safely stop high pressures of oil and gas from spewing out of a ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Paria.
The emissions have continued to spout over the past 13 days, causing harm to the environment.
In an interview yesterday, managing director of the Environmental Management Authority Hayden Romano said it was still uncertain how much gas and oil had spilled since the sea-bed well ruptured on July 4.
The group, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is calling for a "state of emergency" on fishing in the Gulf of Paria.
The group says claims that fish are safe to eat cannot be true when fish are turning up dead on a regular basis.
The following is a statement by FFOS:
"If the Government says the fish from the Gulf of Paria are safe to eat then why is there continuous death of marine species from Mosquito Creek to Point Fortin?
The Environmental Management Authority is once again attempting to clarify the findings of tests conducted on dead fish found in the Gulf of Paria, saying, again, that the fish were mostly likely dumped be trawlers because they have no market value.
The EMA says there are justifiable reasons why Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons was detected in some types of fish but maintains that there was no evidence of COREXIT in fish or the water they tested.
The following is the EMA's statement"