First IMA State of the Marine Environment (SOME) Report to be launched

Monday May 15, 2017

The Minister of Planning and Development, the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis and the Director of the Institute of Marine Affairs Mrs. Toylan Arneaud will launch and present the IMA’s first State of the Marine Environment (SOME) Report on Wednesday May 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm. VENUE: Institute of Marine Affairs, Hilltop Lane, Chaguaramas.

The Report was approved by Cabinet in March of 2017 and provides a scientifically-based assessment of the condition of Trinidad and Tobago’s coastal and marine ecosystems, habitats and species all of which are vital for our development and sustainability. The SOME 2016 Report also details the status of these resources and how they have been affected by the range of natural and human pressures such as land pollution and climate change.
Some of the visible impacts identified include the degradation of coastal and marine ecosystems such as coral reefs, mangroves swamps, seagrass beds and beaches mainly from pollution. These negative impacts have made such ecosystems more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and other emerging threats such as invasive alien species like lion-fish and Sargassum blooms. Safeguarding Trinidad and Tobago’s fisheries resources as a key source of livelihood and nutrition for many marginalized groups and communities in the country is a key area emphasized in the study.

An Action Plan for the implementation of the Policy Framework to mitigate the negative impacts on the coastal and marine environment of Trinidad and Tobago for the period 2017 to 2020 has also been developed addressing 5 integrated thematic areas namely;
Coastal development,
The conservation and restoration of coastal ecosystems and resources,
Sustaining coastal livlihoods,
Vulnerability to climate change, and
Pollution.

For more information contact the IMA at:
Tel: (868) 634-4291/4 Ext *2531
Fax: (868) 634-4433
Email: imadirector@ima.gov.tt