A call for robust management of the Sargussum threat.

This is an open letter to the Hon. Minister Clarence Rambharat. We write to urge our Government’s action on a critical regional threat. While this sudden, new phenomenon of Sargassum weed washing up on our Caribbean coasts has existed since 2011, it has gotten worse each year and could increase exponentially. Locally, our recreational beaches Read more about A call for robust management of the Sargussum threat.[…]

Safeguarding Our Country’s Future

Date: January 24th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, For over 20 years, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have consistently reported on the impact of seismic surveys on our fishers citing United Nations and other internationally published scientific studies. In 2017, the University of Tasmania presented evidence which argues that “seismic surveys cause significant mortality to Read more about Safeguarding Our Country’s Future[…]

North Coast Crying in Vain

Date: November 21st, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Shrimp Trawling has been likened (by the World Resources Institute in Washington DC) to dynamite fishing in terms of sustainability. For this reason, the Fisheries (Control of Demersal Trawling) Regulations specifically permit trawling on the North Coast: (A)From November 15th to January 15th . (B) Two (2) nautical miles Read more about North Coast Crying in Vain[…]

Minister, where are the so Called “Radars”?

Date: November 15th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, All fishers and seafarers are being warned that there is NO LAW or order on our sea! Last night armed pirates attacked us AGAIN!!! The first call was made to the Coast Guard at 10.19pm and after repeated (10) calls the Coast Guard called us back after midnight and Read more about Minister, where are the so Called “Radars”?[…]

Hold your tongue, Minister Young!

Date: October 26 th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS never intended to offend or confront the Honourable Minister of National Security but in our respectful view, it appears from his recent statements that he feels that fisher folk are blaming him for the Orange Valley mass murders at sea. We are not. Our mission is simple- Read more about Hold your tongue, Minister Young![…]

All Talk No Action!

Date: October 24 th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Eight (8) weeks later (22nd October 2019), the Minister of National Security, Hon. Stuart Young has finally acknowledged receipt of our stakeholder’s correspondence dated August 26th, 2019, regarding the appointment of a multi-stakeholder committee to consider easy to implement recommendations for “security at sea”. Minister Young refers to Read more about All Talk No Action![…]

Venezuelan Pirates Chased Several Fishermen Today Today we were lucky, but will we be lucky tomorrow? Mr. Prime Minister, where are you?

Date: October 14th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, We are pleased to announce that the Honourable Minister of National Security Stuart Young has responded to our messages but has warned us that we are “on very dangerous ground” and that we “be very cautious about what “causes” we “take up and who” we “decide to declare a Read more about Venezuelan Pirates Chased Several Fishermen Today Today we were lucky, but will we be lucky tomorrow? Mr. Prime Minister, where are you?[…]

Three more fishermen are missing (and possibly dead)

Date: October 8th , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Three of our Icacos fishermen went to sea early this morning and are now kidnapped. An hour ago, a ransom of 10,000USD was called in. Their vessel has been found but the engine has been taken. Fisherman and captain Sneider, also known as “Carlo”, and two others are Read more about Three more fishermen are missing (and possibly dead)[…]

Murder and Piracy in Lawless Seas

Date: September 27th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Consultation is a pillar of Democratic Nations. On 13th August 2019, in his address at the ceremony for the ‘Inter-Agency Memorandum of Understanding for Collaboration in Regulating Fishing and Fishing Related Activities and Relevant Trade’, the Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries, Clarence Rambharat referring to the Draft Read more about Murder and Piracy in Lawless Seas[…]

Are we crying in vain? (see Downloadable PDF for correspondence sent)

Date: September 27th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Enclosed please find a copy of correspondence today resent to our Prime Minister Rowley and our Minister of National Security, Stuart Young. This is the second “gentle reminder”, and third such copy we have sent (since the murders) with the hope that our leaders and our Cabinet would consider Read more about Are we crying in vain? (see Downloadable PDF for correspondence sent)[…]