Our History

Grassroots Environmental and Social Activism.

In 1996 the group named Fishermen and Friends of the North Coast was formed in response to the issue of illegal shrimp trawling which was causing the fisheries to decline, and forcing economic hardships on local fishers. The FFONC worked together to support and increase awareness of the dangers of improperly regulated shrimp-trawling and got the laws ammended. In 1997 we changed our name to Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) to reflect a broader and more inclusive scope and in 2000 we became a registered non-profit organization. FFOS is dedicated to creating environmental awareness in Trinidad and Tobago by keeping abreast of local and national developments, we work to encourage information transfer thus acting as a catalyst for public participation. We work to engage communities affected by unsustainable activities in the process of public participation, and strive to give a voice to the voiceless.


People passionate about the environment and helping others.

Mr. Terrence Beddoe

A retired agricultural specialist, with advanced technical and scientific expertise in the field of citrus-growing. He served as the head of the Citrus Growers Association, Head of the Citrus Research Unit at UWI and was a Chief Technical Advisor of the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. He has also guest-lectured on the topic at institutions across the Caribbean region.

Mr. Cecil McLean

Vice President
A fulltime fisher and a well-respected community leader of the coastal community of Las Cuevas. Cecil served as the President of the Las Cuevas Community Council for 15 years, looking after the needs of his community, acting as a spokesperson for the village fishers and overseeing the operations of the local primary school.

Mr. Gary Aboud

Corporate Secretary
A successful businessman with a lifelong passion for environmental conservation. Gary is a past member of the Orchid Society and the Field Naturalist Club, and takes an active role in public participation, researching and writing letters to the editor on various environmentally degrading national developments.

Ms. Merylle Mahabir

An accomplished professional artist with a history of community involvement in Trinidad. Over the past 20 years, Merryle has made invaluable contributions to local art through her attachment to the Lilliput theatre, and her annual production of a small to medium children’s carnival band. Merryle has worked tirelessly throughout the years to support the work of FFOS.

We are a non-profit organisation funded by the donations of people like you.