August 19, 2019

Infrastructural Development

Giant Step Backward
Giant Step Backward

Date: February 18 th, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Minister Rambharat’s stoppage of the stage in the sea at Maracas Beach is commendable but does it go far enough to address public safety and the …

National Pride or National Disgrace?
National Pride or National Disgrace?

Date: December 18th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, To read that the Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited (UDeCOTT) has now spent 89 million TT dollars to renovate an already b…

PM Must Speak the Truth on DESALCOTT
PM Must Speak the Truth on DESALCOTT

Date: October 22 nd, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, It has been revealed that the Government is currently negotiating another loan, this time to pay for the yearly 500MTTD purchase of potable water fr…

Was FFOS wrong at all?
Was FFOS wrong at all?

Date: October 19th, 2019  Dear Editor/Newsroom,  It appears that aluminium projects being pursued by the Rowley Government are in jeopardy. These projects are at various stages of nego…

While POS Floods, Invaders Bay Bulldozed
While POS Floods, Invaders Bay Bulldozed

Date: October 11th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Did the EMA approve a CEC for bulldozing which is now occurring? Why has the Minister of Planning not charged the culprits? This bulldozed area is mo…

Supplemental EIA for Invaders Bay
Supplemental EIA for Invaders Bay

c/o #34 Frederick Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies Tel (868) 674-7911. Fax: (868) 355-7671. Cell: (868) 355-7671 Email: ffosglobal@gmail.com  Press Statement  Supplemental …

Accident or Negligence?
Accident or Negligence?

Date: May 28th , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Did the massive chemical fire which took place on Sunday 26th May 2019 in Pond “A” at Kaizen Environmental Services in La Brea occur accidental…

Tendering leakages continue
Tendering leakages continue

Date: June 3rd , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Property Act, 2015 is finally operationalised yet billions in contracts continue to be awarded withou…

Development or Destruction?
Development or Destruction?

Date: April 16th , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) never objected to any development including the Toco Port. We promote sustainable development guided by h…

Denying the Public Right – FFOS calls for the Prime Minister to apologize to our Nation
Denying the Public Right – FFOS calls for the Prime Minister to apologize to our Nation

Date: March 30th 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On 6th March 2017, the Ministry of Works of Transport (MOWT) submitted an application to the Environment Management Authority (EMA) for a Certificat…

FFOS World Wetlands Day Statement: Are we doing enough to protect our wetlands?
FFOS World Wetlands Day Statement: Are we doing enough to protect our wetlands?

til and unless governmental agencies lead by example, international celebration days such as this, only serve to camouflage the plundering of our future generations entitlement.

Sandals Withdraw
Sandals Withdraw

Date: January 16th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, It has been reported that Sandals has withdrawn the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the construction of the Sandals Resort in Buccoo Estat…

Bad investments follows bad planning
Bad investments follows bad planning

Dear Editor/Newsroom, Dr Keith Rowley recently signed a cooperative agreement for the construction of a dry-docking facility in La Brea, between our Government and the China Harbour Engineering C…

Nine years and 265M Later -is Maracas Beach a National Disgrace?
Nine years and 265M Later -is Maracas Beach a National Disgrace?

Date: September 2nd 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, The Institute of Marine Affairs published the 2016 “State of the Marine Environment Report” which revealed that Maracas Beach had a “very …

Defeated but not discouraged
Defeated but not discouraged

Date: August 28th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have been defeated at the Privy Council. The Privy Council’s written judgment will be delivered on 8 Oc…

Concerns raised 20 years ago are now echoed
Concerns raised 20 years ago are now echoed

Dear Editor/ Newsroom FFOS concerns raised 20 years ago are now echoed When will we learn? In 2000, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) lobbied for the protection of Invaders Bay Man…

Hypocritical Public Statements
Hypocritical Public Statements

Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) commend Minister of Planning and Development the Hon. Camille Robinson-Regis for her initiative to approve additional areas of forest for protection and sustain…

FFOS vs EMA at the Privy Council on Monday 30th July, 2018
FFOS vs EMA at the Privy Council on Monday 30th July, 2018

Date: July 30th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Proceedings will be aired live online on the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) website (https://www.jcpc.uk/live/court-03.html) Dat…

How will Dr Rowley attract the Chinese Tourists?
How will Dr Rowley attract the Chinese Tourists?

Date: June 1st, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Twenty years ago Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) began representing Maracas Beach shark and bake vendors. The problems then were never suffi…

FFOS Initiates Legal Action Against George Aboud and Sons Ltd (see downloadable pdf for pictures)
FFOS Initiates Legal Action Against George Aboud and Sons Ltd (see downloadable pdf for pictures)

Date: May 2nd, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have represented public interest issues in Las Cuevas since its inception in 1996. In 2004 the current owne…

Highway Halted
Highway Halted

Date: April 20th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fisherman and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) today scored a landmark victory in the Court of Appeal when it was granted leave to appeal to the Privy Coun…

The Voiceless Community of Las Cuevas
The Voiceless Community of Las Cuevas

Date: April 19th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) welcome development for Las Cuevas that preserves the integrity of the natural capital and biodiversity of…

Consultation Extension Granted
Consultation Extension Granted

Date: April 18th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Please see attached for a voice recording of this statement. National Infrastructure Development Company Limited ( NIDCO)’s Project Enginee…

Meaningful Stakeholder Inclusion
Meaningful Stakeholder Inclusion

Date: April 17th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea have always been in favor of a port in Toco. Today, FFOS have written to the Environmental Management Authority …

Why is EMA silent?
Why is EMA silent?

Date: April 6th 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, On 4th April 2018, Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) have initiated a Direct Private Party Action against the Ministry of Works and Transport …

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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 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 …

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 …

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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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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…