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FFOS Appeal to President Weekes

FFOS Appeal to President Weekes

Today Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have written to Her Excellency, President Paula Mae Weekes (ORTT), appealing to her to not proclaim the Public Procurement and Disposal of Property (Amendment) Bill (2021) until our Government meets with the public to address several concerns raised by numerous independent third parties regarding the purpose/benefit of these amendments. For months the […]

A Response to Minister Sinanan

A Response to Minister Sinanan

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) thank the Minister of Works and Transport for his response to our social media video “Our country is being sold secretly”,  dated 12th March 2021 . FFOS  appreciate  Minister Sinanan’s clarifications but remind him that FFOS never opposed “infrastructural development” but have always advocated for transparency in the sale of State assets and the […]

Is 17.5B TTD a Planned Leakage?

Is 17.5B TTD a Planned Leakage?

Despite persistent warnings by our Auditor General and several independent international agencies, the extractive industry hemorrhage of the public purse continues with Cabinet’s blessings. In two single years, Trinidad and Tobago lost $17.5Billion TTD in Royalties 2010 and 2018 in “price transfers” according to the reputable Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Subsidiary companies were caught selling […]

Another Legal Battle for Transparency

Another Legal Battle for Transparency

On October 16th, 2020, after three months of unanswered appeals, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) visited the Nabarima, a Venezuelan Fuel Storage and Offloading Vessel, which was listing dangerously, threatening to spill 1.4M barrels of crude oil into our Gulf of Paria and Caribbean Sea. FFOS exposed misinformation and propaganda being released by the Maduro Regime which was […]

Preventing Leatherback Slaughter

Preventing Leatherback Slaughter

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have today written to the Honourable Terrence Deyalsingh appealing to him to reconsider his decision to refuse Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) permission to patrol marine turtle nesting areas during the 2021 turtle nesting season. This decision is devoid of any sound logic and contrary to the promotion of a sustainable eco-tourism industry and […]

World Wildlife Day Message.

World Wildlife Day Message.

Today as we celebrate the importance of World Wildlife Day, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) laments the ongoing destruction of the Aripo Savannas.  This legally designated Environmentally Sensitive Area (ESA) with its rare, endangered, vulnerable, and environmentally sensitive species (ESS) such as the Ocelot Tiger Cat and the endemic Sundew are threatened by an unnecessary highway from “nowhere […]

Politicians to blame for WASA

Politicians to blame for WASA

The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) 10Billion debt nightmare is one of many drains on our economy. Every state enterprise suffers from inflated procurement costs, kickbacks, nepotism, low productivity, overstaffing, and the sale of its assets at a fraction of its market value. Without procurement oversight every Government transaction is plagued by evil.  To understand WASA’s 10Billion debt one must […]

The yardstick of enforcement must be re-examined.

The yardstick of enforcement must be re-examined.

The ruthless drowning of dozens of birds in Cedros (see press report https://trinidadexpress.com/newsextra/exotic-birds-sacrificed-as-smugglers-throw-them-overboard/article_2192801c-a5a5-11ea-b8b8-3bcc90c1d6b8.html) by three smugglers highlights the cold blooded nature of black marketeers.   We applaud the action of our Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries,Clarence Rambharat in instructing that these smugglers also face animal cruelty charges (the maximum fine of which is 100,000TTD) in addition to their possession charges. […]

Point Fortin Oil Spill

Point Fortin Oil Spill

FFOS are deeply concerned that another oil spill is occurring tonight Sunday 7th June 2020 at the Heritage Refinery Tank Farm in Point Fortin. The Police have cordoned off the area. FFOS fully disapprove of the method of testing the Tanks by loading them with water when property damage could occur if a rupture happens, as many cars were washed […]