Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 2nd 2015 Contents A24
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1. Graduate Engineers (Civil)
2. Construction Supervisors
3. Civil Engineering Technicians
4. Chief of Security
5. Warehouse Attendants
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BEYOND THE BOUNDARY
Belive it or not, this a drain at the side of the road in Upper Belmont Valley
Road Belmont between Mendoza Road and Lucien Road. Lucien Road lies on
the boundary separating the Port-of-Spain City Corporation and the Laventille
Regional Corporation. This drain is in the section of the Laventille Corporation
and maybe because it's so close to the boundary it has been neglected since
last year, while other areas nearby are cleaned by CEPEP crews. The councillor
for the area needs to look into this immediately and have it cleaned.
PHOTO: ROBERTO CODALLO
Lent. For many Trinidadians
this means eating lots of
fish. One of the best places to
do this is at Maracas Beach.
That means bake and shark!
But is this the right choice? Or
should we eat shrimp or some-
thing else instead? How do we
make sure that our family fun
day does not become a wreck
for the environment? The
oceans are in big trouble. Fish
stocks are poorly managed and
many are collapsing. Scientists
say that 85 per cent of the
world s fisheries are either
fished to capacity or overfished.
We don t want our beach day
to add to that in a negative
way; we must choose our
Maracas vendors offer bake
and shark, bake and kingfish,
bake and shrimp and bake and
flying fish. Papa Bois Conserva-
tion published a seafood guide
authored by Dr Amy Deacon
and marine biologist Robin
Ramdeen. According to this
guide eating sustainably means
leaving shark and shrimp off
the menu. Kingfish can be
eaten, with a cautionary note
attached. Flying fish remains as
the one sustainable choice.
Here is why. Shark off the
menu. Let s start with shark.
Sharks have been long treated
as a fisheries resource but many
scientists now believe that
sharks should be considered
wildlife. What does this mean,
fishery resource vs wildlife?
Compare the lifecycle of a fish
like mahi mahi (what we locally
call dolphin) to that of sharks.
Mahi Mahi have a short life
cycle of about four years and
they mature and reproduce
quickly. Their population can
double in less than 15 months.
These qualities mean that, once
well managed, their stocks can
replenish quickly enough for
sustainable commercial harvest-
ing to be possible.
Sharks on the other hand
mature slowly. They have long
gestation periods and few off-
spring. It can take a decade or
more for some shark species to
reach sexual maturity. Shark
reproduction time has a lot
more in common with whales
or humans than with mahi
mahi or other fish. Scientists
say that we are killing off
sharks twice as fast as they can
reproduce. Up to 100 million
sharks are killed each year. Up
to 25 per cent of shark species
are in danger of extinction by
the year 2050. Sharks are a
keystone species. That means
that they keep the ocean
ecosystem in balance and pro-
ductive. Without sharks the
marine ecosystem will collapse
and there will be much less fish
to put on our bake at Maracas.
From a health perspective
shark meat also carries a cau-
tionary note. Shark is high in
mercury and pregnant women
and children should not eat it.
Shrimp off the menu. Shrimp
is often caught by trawling.
Trawling can be compared to
scraping the sea bottom with a
spatula. It causes high levels of
bycatch and damage to the
marine ecosystem. Local Fisher-
men have blamed trawlers for
much of the decrease in fish
stocks. Government announced
a ban on industrial class shrimp
trawlers but so far this has not
been made into law.
Eat kingfish with caution.
Kingfish seems relatively
resilient to fishing. It is listed as
Least Concern on the IUCN
Red List but stock assessments
are scarce so the local popula-
tion status is unknown. So
maybe the advice should be eat
only once in a while. Kingfish is
also high in mercury content.
Pregnant women and children
should avoid it.
Flying fish is on! The only
right seafood choice at Maracas
is flying fish. Flying fish have
fast life cycles. They appear to
be resilient to fishing pressure.
Fast reproduction, tasty and low
in mercury. Flying fish is the
perfect on a bake.
The onus is on you, the con-
sumer, to make the choices that
determine the health of the
oceans. Choose wisely. Vendors
please take note, there are many
healthy and sustainable alterna-
tives. The Papa Bois Conserva-
tion sustainable seafood guide
offers lionfish, flying fish, dol-
phin/mahi mahi, squid/calamari,
carite, tilapia and wahoo as best
choices for sustainability and
Think before you eat!
Remember, Trini tradition is
about eating good food, not
about eating species to extinc-
CHOICES AT MARACAS
I understand that the bridges at the entrance to
Coblentz Avenue and the one at the entrance to Cas-
cade Road are to be repaired. I think this is long over-
due! But I would like to suggest that the St Ann's one be
done first as that causes major problems as it is, be-
cause only one car can pass at a time.
It surely looks like the plans are to begin the Cascade
one first though, and I can just imagine the confusion
that will happen during peak times with the St Ann's
bridge being the only access for the Cascade residents.
Please, please help us!
1B Coblentz Avenue
Repair St Ann's bridge first
scores Couva Band of
the Year hat-trick---A34
MARC DE VERTEUIL
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