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guardian.co.tt Thursday, January 26, 2017
Former head of
the public service,
says the low turn-
out of electors for
House of Assem-
was due to
that in a brief
with the T&T Guardian yesterday.
The PNM won the election with a
reduced majority, securing 10 of the 12
electoral districts, while the newly formed
Progressive Democratic Party, led by PSA
president Watson Duke, won the other two
districts. PNM won all 12 districts in the 2013
Dumas said: "People were not generally en-
thused about the political process. They have
heard promises and have had expectations from
the parties over the years and they find that
things continue pretty much the same as before."
Dealing with the confusion over the January 23
THA election date, Dumas said the former chief
secretary Orville London must explain why that
date was recommended.
"Everyone seems to be pointing fingers at the
President and the Elections and Boundaries com-
mission but the recommendation came from the
Chief Secretary," he added.
Another former chief secretary, Hochoy
Charles, threatened to take legal action because
the calling of the election on that date was illegal.
The law provides for 21 clear days to elapse
between the Nomination Day and the polling
day. Nomination Day was on January 3.
The House of Representatives and the Senate
met in extraordinary sitting on Friday and Sat-
urday to validate the date.
Dumas also commented on an advice given to
Tobagonians by the leader of the Tobago Forwards
and former justice minister, Christlyn Moore,
to put visine in the water of those from Trinidad
who were engaged in alleged voter-padding.
He said that was not the type of thing an as-
piring Chief Secretary should say. Moore's party
failed to win even one seat and Dumas said her
comment may have contributed to the party's
unsuccessful attempt at the polls.
"The issue about visine has not helped Moore.
It is not the kind of joke to make especially if
you want to be chief secretary.
"If you have evidence of voter padding on
the island you should take it to the EBC," Dumas
He said her comment was "unforgivable."
Dumas said the new Assembly will have to
do more especially in for education, tourism,
crime and security and agriculture.
Kelvin Charles and Duke are expected to be
sworn in as Chief Secretary and Minority Leader
of the THA tomorrow. (See Page A8)
catch safe for
Fish and shrimp sampled from seven landing
sites in the Gulf of Paria last September fol-
lowing a massive fish kill have been deemed
safe for human consumption.
However, Planning and Development Minister
Camille Robinson-Regis said together with the
Ministry of Energy and the Environmental Man-
agement Authority (EMA) they will be intensifying
collaborative efforts with Petrotrin, believed to be
the source of the spill which caused the fish
kill, to determine the root cause.
They intend to develop a comprehen-
sive plan for monitoring, evaluation and
The ministry cancelled its scheduled
news conference yesterday to announce
test results. Instead, it issued a statement
indicating tests were initiated to deter-
mine the safety of local fish stock after
two episodes of mass fish mortality in
the Gulf of Paria, in February and be-
tween late July and early August 2016.
A Multi-Agency Committee was convened
by Robinson-Regis, comprising EMA), the In-
stitute of Marine Affairs (IMA), the Caribbean
Industrial Research Institute (CARIRI), Fisheries
Division, Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fish-
eries, Pan American Health Organization/World
Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), Public Health
Division, Ministry of Health, Sea Food Industry
Development Company (SIDC) and the Veteri-
nary Diagnostic Laboratory of T&T to determine
the contaminants to be tested and the protocol for
collection of the fish and shrimp samples.
On September 30, 2016 samples of red fish,
carite, cro cro, salmon, catfish along with white/
cork shrimp were taken from seven (7) landing
sites in Orange Valley, Claxton Bay, King's Wharf,
Carenage, Cedros, La Brea and Icacos.
The samples were shipped to two US-based lab-
oratories, contracted Through the EMA - North-
west Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), which
is a branch of the National Oceanic Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) in the US Department of
Commerce and Eurofins Frontier Global Sciences.
Tests were carried out for the presence of heavy
metals, carcinogens, Persistent Organic Pollutants
(POPs) and concentrations of the dispersant com-
ponent DOSS (used to determine the presence of
oil dispersant COREXIT 95).
Final results received on January 10, 2017, indicate
that the fish and shrimp sampled for heavy met-
als contaminants such as Methyl Mercury, Mercury,
Chromium, Nickel, Copper, Zinc, Inorganic Arse-
nic, Total Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, Vanadium, were
safe for human consumption.
In terms of the tests conducted for the presence
of carcinogens, POP's and concentrations of the
dispersant component DOSS, the results indicated
concentrations of carcinogens in the fish and shrimp
samples were below the limits of quantitation or
when detected, were found at low levels.
It also found concentrations of DOSS were lower
than the level of concern (LOC) established by the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Deepwa-
ter Horizon oil spill response in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Therefore, the fish and shrimp sampled from
the seven (7) landing sites on September 30, 2016
were deemed safe for human consumption, " the
ministry's statement concluded.
fish kill last year
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