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Challenges of the Fishery

Challenges of the Fishery

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…

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 Uni…

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 wa…

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 statem…

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 stakehol…

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…

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 ha…

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 Understand…

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 i…

Waiting for Regular Gas

Date: September 27th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS congratulates the Oilfield Workers Trade Union (OWTU) and their subsidiary Patriotic Energies and Technologies Services Limited in acquiring t…

Is Our Government Fiddling While Our Fishers Are Being Attacked Relentlessly?

Date: September 13th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Yesterday we had another close call with death! Another one of our fishers, Christopher Granger from La Lune, Moruga was attacked and shot in the c…

Please join us in solidarity

Date: September 6th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, In times of danger we must stand together, patriotically defending our liberty, our flag and our nation. Families of murdered victims and caring cit…

Lawlessness in Tobago too!

Date: July 26th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Early this morning ( Friday 26th July 2019), between the hours of 11pm – 3am, two vessels Unity TFT 1429 and Sauce TFT 1662 along with their Yama…

Two more fishermen bodies found

The Government cannot continue creating chaos for our citizens and must be held accountable. Enough is enough! When will we have a single prosecution and conviction for the spate of piracy threatening…

EIGHT MEN MISSING AT SEA

Date: July 23th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Last night around midnight, four (4) vessels were stolen from the Gulf of Paria in the vicinity of Carli Bay and Orange Valley. Several fishermen …

Energy Instability

The extractive sector is the foundation of our unstable economy and requires the best minds, the greatest transparency and the most thorough accountability. Our government needs to be reminded that…

Avoidable Fatalities

How many more must die before our Parliamentarians sit up and address these avoidable and recurring fatalities?

Callousness is contagious

Unless each one of us makes our voices heard we fear that we will continue to lose our spirit of nationhood, patriotism and solidarity.

How many more must suffer or die?

Year after year our Government pumps billions into our TTCG, and yet our seafarers continue to be brutalized!

The macabre jouvert stage for officeholders to parade.

As long as our maritime borders continue to remain unsecured, unprotected and exposed to Venezuelan smugglers gun eradication will continue to be a macabre jouvert stage for officeholders to parade.

FFOS are encouraged despite the attacks

Date: February 20th 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) are encouraged by the recent questions on the fisherfolks’ “regular” gas crisis posed in Parliament…

Unfair Treatment ‘Defined’

Date: February 15th 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) are questioning the Government’s logic of disproportionate fines for the same offense. The Honourab…

Until our maritime waters are protected, seafarers are advised to take all necessary precautions at sea.

Until and unless Government can deliver on their promises, our coastlines and our seafarers will continuously be threatened.

FFOS issues public warning to ALL Seafarers

Date: January 30th 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Presently, five Trinidad and Tobago citizens have been kidnapped from our maritime waters and are being held for a USD 200,000.00 ransom. In 2…

More innocents kidnapped in Venezuela

Date: January 30th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Presently, five Trinidad and Tobago citizens have been kidnapped from our maritime waters and are being held for a USD 200,000.00 ransom. In 2…

Safeguarding our Country’s Future

Up to now ‘Big Oil’ has not proven there is no impact of seismic surveys. The burden of proof must be on them. Our Government is reminded that if there is no zooplankton, there are no fish

Minister F Khan is Wrong

Date: January 19th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishing is the only source of income for our fishers who have invested in their vessels, engines and nets and are now faced, without any forewarni…

Another Avoidable Death

Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) issue condolences to the family of Neil Ramkhelawansingh, our deceased fisher who fell off a fishing boat close to the Godineau Bridg…

Fish kill or Fish dump? You decide.

Date: July 21st , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, According to the IMA in an article published on 6th July 2017 “Fish gulping for air at the surface, would indicate a contaminant was present in …

La Brea: Fish kill or fish dump?

Date: June 30th , 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, For the past 52 months since the 2013 Petrotrin oil spills, sudden, major and ongoing fish kills have been re-occurring daily in the “clearly de…

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