2017 Chaguaramas Oil Spill

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Response to the July, 2016 Joint Press Release by The Environmental Management Authority (EMA)  And The Institute Of Marine Affairs (IMA): “Investigation Into Gulf Of Paria Fish Kills Continues”.
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) Response to the July, 2016 Joint Press Release by The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) And The Institute Of Marine Affairs (IMA): “Investigation Into Gulf Of Paria Fish Kills Continues”.

On numerous occasions FFOS has provided samples for the EMA and the IMA to test – fish, crabs, shark, pelicans, and bottle nose dolphins – yet we have never received a single report, or even a definit…

Official Statements on the La Brea Fish Kill Investigation
Official Statements on the La Brea Fish Kill Investigation

September 20th 2016 Due to conflicting information provided to the media over the past few months, FFOS now seeks to clarify the evidence on the on-going Fish Kills in the South Western peninsula…

Is Fish Safe To Eat?
Is Fish Safe To Eat?

Date: September 21st ,2016 Dear Editor/Newsroom, In light of the independent laboratory analysis conducted by the Caribbean Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI) for Fishermen and Friends of…

Official Statements on New Analysis into the La Brea Fish Kills
Official Statements on New Analysis into the La Brea Fish Kills

September 23rd 2016 Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have addressed two open letters respectfully seeking an urgent meeting with the two highest office holders of our Republic, His Excellen…

Hard Decisions Must Be Made
Hard Decisions Must Be Made

Date: September 28th,2016 Dear Editor/Newsroom, December 17, 2013 Since the unprecedented Petrotrin oil spill of 2013 a wide variety marine life continues to wash ashore, dead or dying on…

Venezuela Invades Trinidad and Tobago!
Venezuela Invades Trinidad and Tobago!

Date: April 3rd , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Attached is also an audio clipping of the following press statement. Venezuela Invades Trinidad and Tobago! Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (F…

Another Oil Spill
Another Oil Spill

Should we not have a Law that forces all oil companies to report ALL OR ANY oil spills? How many spills are reported and how many go unreported?

Petrotrin Oil Spill- An Accident or a Time Bomb?
Petrotrin Oil Spill- An Accident or a Time Bomb?

Every time there is an oil spill, a cosmetic clean up occurs and they pretend that the problem is solved. The problem is never solved because the cause of the problem has never been addressed

What we should all know about Petrotrin’s danger
What we should all know about Petrotrin’s danger

Until and unless our elected leaders act with accountability and good public administration they will continue to cause untold hardship for countless communities who are without a voice.

Pictures of Pelicans affected by the oil spill (See Link for Pictures)
Pictures of Pelicans affected by the oil spill (See Link for Pictures)

While many many new Pelicans continue to be discovered drenched in thick black oil, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is wondering if the oil spill was ever contained and cleaned up. And what ab…

Unacceptable Secrecy at a time of national disaster
Unacceptable Secrecy at a time of national disaster

Date: May 8th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Unaccetable Secrecy at a Time of National Disaster The reported deaths of three Venezuelan men, whose boat capsized after their engine failed wh…

Public Warning to Seafarers
Public Warning to Seafarers

Unless negligent officers and Companies are held accountable by OSHA and other Authorities and Agencies, they will continue to drown all of us in an endless sea of oil.

Dead fishes by the thousands in Chaguaramas
Dead fishes by the thousands in Chaguaramas

Date: May 11th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have received pictures today (Thursday 11th may 2017) which clearly show larger fishes such as catfish, ar…

Cleaning Oil Drenched Pelicans are a Waste of Time
Cleaning Oil Drenched Pelicans are a Waste of Time

However rehabilitation does not end, just by recuing the birds and releasing them back in the wild. What’s the point in rehabilitating these birds if their probability of survival is low?

Warnings must be issued
Warnings must be issued

Date: June 13th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Warnings must be Issued!!! Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) call on the Right Honourable Prime Minister to intervene and ensure Ministe…

Chaguaramas once again covered with dead fish
Chaguaramas once again covered with dead fish

Date: May 19th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Chaguaramas once again covered with dead Fish Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) are once again reporting that presently as we write Calypso Mar…

The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills (See downloadable file for Videos and Images)
The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills (See downloadable file for Videos and Images)

Date: May 31st , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Rains have started= ongoing La Brea fish kills. The rains have started and as Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have accurately pred…

“Guardians of the Sea”…..?
“Guardians of the Sea”…..?

Date: May 25th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, “Guardians of the Sea”…..? The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) has recently released the 2016 State of the Marine Environment Report wh…

The Chaguaramas Fish Kill Continues……
The Chaguaramas Fish Kill Continues……

Date: May 25th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Chaguaramas Fish Kill Continues……. Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) report that on Monday 22nd May at 6.30pm, tens of thousands…

Clumps of oil have reached Bonaire….as predicted
Clumps of oil have reached Bonaire….as predicted

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago have not acted responsibly in informing and issuing regional and public warnings to our neighbouring countries who were in the pathway of the oil clumps floating…

Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)
Oil Clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s East Coast (See downloadable pdf for videos and images)

Date: June 13th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Oil clumps have turned into tar on Bonaire’s east coasts. Clean up efforts have begun on the oil clumps/tar polluted coastal areas Sorobon a…

Why delay Beverage Container Bill?
Why delay Beverage Container Bill?

Date: June 1st , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Why delay Beverage Containers Bill? When business leaders lead, the world gets closer to sustainability. Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (F…

World Environmental Day must be more than lip service….
World Environmental Day must be more than lip service….

Date: June 3rd , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, World Environment Day must be more than lip service… Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) are proud that the United Nations has designated…

National Bird Under Siege (see downloadable PDF for images and video links)
National Bird Under Siege (see downloadable PDF for images and video links)

Date: June 8th , 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, We must protect our wetlands. Although hunters kill the Scarlet Ibis, with its habitat the birds will continue to repopulate. When their na…

Hemorrhaging the Economy
Hemorrhaging the Economy

Date: July 3th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Honourable Minister has whitewashed this can of worms. We quote from the Post-Cabinet Press Briefing Summary: “Minister Cuffie noted that the G…

La Brea Community Sentenced to Death
La Brea Community Sentenced to Death

Unless our Government treats this health disaster with a matter of extreme urgency, they will continue to endorse the endangerment of public life and public health. This is no matter to play politics …

FFOS responds to IMA: Bait Dump vs. Fish Kill in Chaguaramas
FFOS responds to IMA: Bait Dump vs. Fish Kill in Chaguaramas

FFOS continue to appeal to the Government and our environmental institutions to share this eminent scientific analysis, or to conduct scientific analysis (if none has been done) instead of blurting ou…

Disturbing silence from PM on Regional disaster
Disturbing silence from PM on Regional disaster

When Ministers deliberately lie in Parliament and the Prime Minister by his silence gives consent, the respect for all Cabinet utterances, and the reputation of our beleaguered nation is brought into …

Another “unreported”, “insignificant” Petrotrin Oil Spill?
Another “unreported”, “insignificant” Petrotrin Oil Spill?

Shouldn’t there be environmental transparency and accountability instead of secrecy?

Irresponsible Approval
Irresponsible Approval

Date: August 15th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The attached letter was sent to the Honourable Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning and Development on August 7th 2017 and was copied to Hi…

Systemic prevention to control mosquito population
Systemic prevention to control mosquito population

Unless preventive measures are first exhausted, we risk ecosystem imbalances such as the decimation of insectivorous bats and beneficial pollinators, and the cumulative impacts of long-term neurotoxin…

Can Petrotrin be saved?
Can Petrotrin be saved?

Despite Petrotrin’s complete control and monopoly over all the shallow most lucrative oil fields, we are being forced to finance this failing state enterprise who have no shame in posting a 4.5 Bill…

Can we afford Petrotrin?
Can we afford Petrotrin?

As we face major global energy supply adjustments in an ever changing and more competitive world environment can we afford to risk national welfare for the sake of one more blatantly corrupt mismanage…

FFOS seek leave to apply for a Judicial Review of the decision to issue CEC 4952/2016

Date: October 4th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have on 29th September 2017, filed an application for Leave for a Judicial Review of the decision by the E…

Good Tax, Bad Tax
Good Tax, Bad Tax

Date: October 6th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) congratulate the Honourable Minister of Finance for proposing to implement an “environmental tax” of $2…

Dr Rowley’s compensation nightmare has happened! Another oil spill in the Gulf
Dr Rowley’s compensation nightmare has happened! Another oil spill in the Gulf

If FFOS did not report this disaster, would it have gone unnoticed?

Public warning to all fishermen and mariners of the Gulf of Paria
Public warning to all fishermen and mariners of the Gulf of Paria

Date: October 16th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) hereby warn all seafarers and fisher-folk from the Cocorite, Charlieville, Felicity, Brick Field, Orange V…

Who is the Government Protecting?
Who is the Government Protecting?

Why are the public and primary stakeholders being kept in the dark? Is the Government protecting someone?

Why is the fingerprinting secret?
Why is the fingerprinting secret?

Unless there is social justice for our people by the firm enforcement of Law, the foundation of our democracy will continue to crumble.

Accidents must not be Inevitable
Accidents must not be Inevitable

Unless each one of us seize the privilege to take responsibility and to protect our vulnerable and those without a voice, the trend of institutional decay and corporate irresponsibility will continue …

Justice delayed is justice denied
Justice delayed is justice denied

Date: October 27th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, In 2014 Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) (the Claimant) judicially reviewed the Environment Management Authority’s (EMA’s) decision to issue a…

FFOS commends Dr. Terrence Farrell
FFOS commends Dr. Terrence Farrell

Date: November 12th 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) commend Dr. Terrence Farrell, Chairman of the Government appointed Economic Development Advisory Board (E…

Another Petrotrin oil spill, this time in Santa Flora
Another Petrotrin oil spill, this time in Santa Flora

Petrotrin continues to frequently wreak havoc with its dilapidated infrastructure.

Privy council rules in favor of FFOS (Water Pollution Fees)
Privy council rules in favor of FFOS (Water Pollution Fees)

Date: November 27th, 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Please see attached for the Judgement handed down by the Privy Council Privy Council Rules for FFOS The Judicial Committee of the Privy…

Environmental Democracy (UN Principle 10) not a Government Priority
Environmental Democracy (UN Principle 10) not a Government Priority

Date: November 29th, 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The recent victory of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea, (FFOS) in its challenge to the Water Pollution (Fees) Regulations, 2001 (and by extensi…

FFOS being forced to file for Injunctive Relief
FFOS being forced to file for Injunctive Relief

Date: December 22nd 2017 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) regret to inform you that it is being forced to consider injunctive relief against the Government. …

Illegal Excavation of Las Cuevas Turtle Nesting Site
Illegal Excavation of Las Cuevas Turtle Nesting Site

Date: January 5th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Currently, excavators are modifying the course of the Las Cuevas River, where it meets the beach. The developer, George Aboud and Sons, has no en…

Flouting the Law
Flouting the Law

These five shrimp trawlers are openly violating the Shrimp Trawl Regulations under the watchful eyes of Government. FFOS have made public and have reported alleged conflicts of interest within the Co…

The Bulldozers have arrived (See downloadable pdf for additional images and videos)
The Bulldozers have arrived (See downloadable pdf for additional images and videos)

Date: January 13th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On Monday 8th January, 2018, heavy earth works machinery including several bulldozers, excavators and road preparation equipment have arrived at t…

Bulldozers wreak havoc. Is this the last of the world famous Aripo Savannas?
Bulldozers wreak havoc. Is this the last of the world famous Aripo Savannas?

Date: January 15th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, One week has passed since the heavy earth moving machinery started bulldozing the southern boundary of the Aripo Savannas including the historic t…

Videos and pictures of breaches in law by the Ministry of Works and Transport (see downloadable pdf for Video and Image links)
Videos and pictures of breaches in law by the Ministry of Works and Transport (see downloadable pdf for Video and Image links)

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Public Attacks Unwarranted FFOS is standing up now to the Rule of Law
Public Attacks Unwarranted FFOS is standing up now to the Rule of Law

Date: January 20th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS are being criticized based on misinformation and petty bias. Throughout its twenty years of advocacy for sustainable development which means …

Who speaks for the Ocelot Tiger Cat?
Who speaks for the Ocelot Tiger Cat?

Date: January 28th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Many people are suddenly in favour of this controversial highway as if to suggest that FFOS are opposed to it. FFOS have never said we should not …

Questionable National Priorities
Questionable National Priorities

Date: January 31s 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Bloomberg exposé has brought to light a dark reality that Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have been cautioned not to speak about. T…

Clandestine Meetings in defiance of the Honorable Court
Clandestine Meetings in defiance of the Honorable Court

Is the Government by extension respecting the Court?

FFOS slam Minister Sinanan
FFOS slam Minister Sinanan

Date: February 1st 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) considers Minister Rohan Sinanan’s statement that the injunction granted by the Court in the interes…

Who is raiding our treasury?
Who is raiding our treasury?

Date: February 3rd 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) wish to respond to Minister Rohan Sinanan’s public statements made at the Sangre Grande Chamber of Comm…

A Win for Ecological Justice
A Win for Ecological Justice

Date: February 9th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, It is a wonderful day for ecological justice as we have had a successful day in the court of appeal. FFOS had 2 applications before the court and …

The Lagoon of Doom- Death on Carat Shed Beach, La Brea
The Lagoon of Doom- Death on Carat Shed Beach, La Brea

Who is protecting the vulnerable human and nonhuman communities exposed to the toxic and fatal COREXIT 9500? Who is speaking for the marine animals who reside in this area and continue to die day aft…

No excuse for Ignorance
No excuse for Ignorance

Date: February 27th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Dr. Rowley has encouraged lawlessness and disrespects his office when he broadcasts falsehoods about the Toco Manzanilla Highway. The Prime Minis…

FFOS will comply with the Privy Council Ruling
FFOS will comply with the Privy Council Ruling

Date: March 2nd , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On 27th November 2017 , the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council overturned the Trinidad and Tobago Appeal Court judgement handed down by Ju…

No Accountability in Oil Spill Disasters
No Accountability in Oil Spill Disasters

Date: March 3rd, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On Friday 2nd March 2018, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries (MEEI) reported “a 10-barrel oil spill” identifying the source as a 6-in…

Waterfront Covered in Oil
Waterfront Covered in Oil

When the Government turns a blind eye and allows even the smallest of Laws to be broken every Law in every corner of the country is weakened.

Government must act lawfully
Government must act lawfully

Unless our Authorities act with haste a serious public endangerment will continue. FFOS will continue on its sometimes lonely pilgrimage to protect the voiceless.

FFOS will continue its pilgrimage
FFOS will continue its pilgrimage

Date: March 26th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The FFOS appeal for leave for judicial review for the grant of a CEC for the construction of the 5000m highway, from Cumuto to Sangre Grande, alo…

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