August 19, 2019

Public Health

Let’s support our local farmers and fishers!
Let’s support our local farmers and fishers!

Date: March 23rd, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, We commend the Authorities for implementing restrictions for public safety in high traffic areas such as fresh food markets, but why are supermarket busine…

COVID-19 Is Here – Action Plan Missing.
COVID-19 Is Here – Action Plan Missing.

Date: March 13th, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Urgent action is needed! Now that the Virus is here FFOS congratulates PM Rowley in taking immediate action to close schools and universities, but is i…

FFOS Calls for Coordinated Emergency Response/ Consultation on the Suspension of All Mortgage and Interest Costs and Property Rentals in Event of COVID-19 Disaster.
FFOS Calls for Coordinated Emergency Response/ Consultation on the Suspension of All Mortgage and Interest Costs and Property Rentals in Event of COVID-19 Disaster.

Date: March 11th, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, At the onset of the coronavirus, FFOS had publicly called for a national consultation for the development of a coordinated national preparedness and em…

Come Together in Defence of Each Other
Come Together in Defence of Each Other

Date: March 11th, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, At the onset of the coronavirus, FFOS had publicly called for a national consultation to discuss the need for a coordinated national preparedness a…

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 …

Are we Prepared for the Coronavirus?
Are we Prepared for the Coronavirus?

Date: January 21st, 2020 Dear Editor/Newsroom, As the world braces for what appears to be a major health crisis, shouldn’t we be considering the postponement of Carnival 2020? What if one Carniv…

Migrants Living in Squalor
Migrants Living in Squalor

Date: December 7 th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, What FFOS had feared has come to pass. Many times, FFOS called on Minister Stuart Young to close our borders and regulate the number of refugees ente…

Energy Sector- Honest or Dishonest?
Energy Sector- Honest or Dishonest?

Date: October 26th, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS have served on the Trinidad and Tobago Extractive Industries Transparency initiative steering committee for almost a decade. This week the Amcha…

Stop the Government blame game!
Stop the Government blame game!

Date: July 3rd, 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, When we hear of mosquitoes our Government’s knee jerk response is to spray more toxic malathion/diesel mixture. Is that really the best response o…

Once is an accident, but daily is negligence
Once is an accident, but daily is negligence

Date: May 6th , 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, There is yet another Oil spill in our Gulf of Paria food basket-. How many oil spills must we suffer before a single culprit is brought to justice?…

Are chickens silently killing us?
Are chickens silently killing us?

Date: March 23rd 2019 Dear Editor/Newsroom, Dear Editor, The conservatives and farmers can say what they want about the oppression of ‘government regulations’ and their enforcement be…

Public health threat…statements must be supported by science, not speculation
Public health threat…statements must be supported by science, not speculation

Date: June 18th, 2018 Dear Editor/Newsroom, FFOS take strong objection to unsubstantiated and speculative statements. At the beginning of every rainy season since the December 17th 2013 P…

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…

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.

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?

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…

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 …

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…

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 …

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…

“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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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…