Sargassum seaweed good for ecosystem

The Sargassum seaweed smothering the shoreline along the east coast of Trinidad and parts of Tobago can be beneficial to the ecosystem.

According to a document sent by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA), US-based company, Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute, conducted research on the sargassum which affected areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

It stated that the brown floating algae is not toxic to humans.

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Zoo’s White Tiger cubs to the rescue of Manzanilla’s leatherback turtles

Image courtesy of ZSTT

More than $100,000 in funds collected from the picture opportunity with the white tiger cubs at the Emperor Valley Zoo, Port-of-Spain have been directed by the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (ZSTT) to the Manatee Conservation Trust (MCT), the community-based non-governmental organisation which has been protecting the nesting leatherback turtles on site for the last 20 years.

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Rescued Baby Manatee under care at Zoo
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A 10 month old male baby manatee was rescued from the Ortoire River, Trinidad on 11th July, 2013. The manatee is 40 inches in length and weighs approximately 14 kg. The rescue was joint effort by the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago Inc, Manatee Conservation Trust and Forestry Division.

 
EMERGENCY CLEAN UP of the manatee habitat

For the first time in 30 years, the pristine manatee habitat at Manzanilla was invaded with man- made garbage and debris, prompting the Manatee Conservation Trust to mobilise an emergency clean-up this previous week. Along with its members, other stakeholders including farmers, workers from the Forestry Division and members of the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago descended into the manatee area to remove several bags of plastics, bottles, and an assortment of waste items generated from surrounding communities.

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