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Monday 30th September 2013
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The Trinidad and Tobago Field
Naturalists’ Club (TTFNC) was
founded in 1891 to bring together
people for the study and preserva-
tion of our natural environment.
During these 122 years of existence
it has witnessed the gradual
decline in the populations of many
of our plant and animal species.
To this end, the TTFNC believes
that protecting sustainable popula-
tions of all native species must be
the top priority for wildlife man-
agement in T&T. We believe that if
hunting is to continue it must be
managed based on sound empirical
knowledge of the present popula-
tions and population trends of
each targeted species.
As such, the TTFNC is of the
view that while the proposed ban
on hunting will undoubtedly bring
some benefit to the population of
game species, this time must be
used wisely to establish baseline
data on our wildlife populations.
The absence of such research
would represent a lost opportunity
to conduct this crucial work which
may not arise again for many years
if bypassed now. Additionally, any
beneficial increase in the popula-
tion of game species arising from
the moratorium will be short-lived
and undoubtedly eroded once the
hunting season reopens.
Nonetheless, in the absence of
sufficient scientific data on our
wildlife populations, the Club sup-
ports the precautionary principle,
which dictates that hunting should
be tightly restricted until adequate
data can be collected and effective
regulations can be formulated and
enforced. As such, even in the
absence of such research being part
of the proposed moratorium, the
TTFNC will still support the ban.
We would like to take this
opportunity to put another propos-
al on the table.
The Club is of the view that the
commercial sale of wild caught
meat is perhaps the most signifi-
cant contributor to the decline in
the populations of our game
species. To this end, we strongly
suggest that an outright ban on
the commercial sale of wild caught
meat be implemented and
We recognise that there is a
need to satisfy the many stake-
holders involved in this issue and
we expect that this proposal will
find favour with sections of the
sport hunting fraternity as well as
the anti-hunting lobby. Indeed
such a law may have a far greater
beneficial impact on our wildlife
populations in the long run than
the moratorium itself.
Trinidad & Tobago Field
PSAEL and Petrotrin
were informed since
April, 2013 via e-mail
with attached photo-
graphs about the im-
pending disaster which
then threatened and now
is now negatively impact-
ing the homes of the resi-
dents. Five months later
there has been at best a
weak response to this cri-
The regional Corpora-
tion sent a crew who cut
up a coconut tree which
was pushed down by the
landslip and just missed
crashing into one resi-
dent’s house. CEO of
PSAEL came and looked.
A crew from Ministry of
Works Highways Division
came and looked. The Of-
fice of the Parliamentary
How many more people have to
be killed crossing the Beetham
Highway before the Government
Why are they crossing? On the
south side is only bush and a
garbage dump, no groceries, par-
lours or stores. There is no reason
for anyone to be running across the
highway or any highway. Build a
wall on the north side of the
Beetham Highway like what was
done on the Diego Martin Highway,
to stop people from crossing the
highway and getting knocked down
Shed light on this
I don’t know if the Commissioner
of Police and the Police Service re-
alise the number of people driving at
night with their car lights off.
This is a very dangerous practice
to other drivers and to pedestrians.
A shanty in the making?
I noticed two unsightly structures
on the seafront of the Audrey Jeffers
Foreshore, just before the fish market
in Cocorite. If left and not attended to
immediately, we could end up with a
shanty town along the Foreshore.
I have followed a story in the
newspapers involving a senior man-
ager of the PTSC who was allegedly
paid a salary in excess of $60,000
although he did not possess a de-
gree. An Opposition MP has even
said according to the PTSC Act,
salaries over $10,000 must have
the minister’s approval.
It was reported that the chairman
of the Board indicated the matter
was approved by a particular minis-
ter, though that minister has re-
futed those claims. Who then gave
the final approval to pay this salary?
This is taxpayers’ money. Some-
one must be held accountable. It
was reported that the worker has
been fired. But is this enough?
This should not end there.
Whoever was responsible for
agreeing to this must also be fired,
even if it is the chairman or others.
In fact, given this public embar-
rassment, the Government should
move to change the board in keep-
ing with its policy of good gover-
The above photo was taken April, 2013. Below, the progression of the landslip is
evident in this photo taken September, 2013.
Passing the buck over
Plaisance Park landslip
representative for Pointe-
a-Pierre, in true political
speak, keeps promising
to come and see and they
will call residents... As
Black Stalin says: Christ-
mas coming too.
A crew dressed in hard
hats and safety vests
came and looked and
took soil samples. A
WASA crew came and
looked. Everybody look-
ing! But the rains are
coming with regularity
and ferocity. These visits
only came after residents
contacted the electronic
media and the TV sta-
tions ran stories high-
lighting the plight of the
residents of Plaisance
The MP for Pointe-a -
Pierre has not responded
to the cries of the people
of his constituency who
live in Plaisance Park.
The lands on which the
houses were built now
fall under the manage-
ment of PASEL. Now that
the MP is now a Member
of the PP cabinet whose
mantra is, “Serve the
people, serve the people,
serve the people,” we the
residents are wondering
if we are not people too.
We have been patient.
What is the next step?
Violent protests? Blocked
roads and fire?
Plaisance Park resident
Someone should be fired
A wall will prevent deaths on Beetham Highway
USE HUNTING BAN
TIME TO DO RESEARCH
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