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.

Michael James, member of the Trust who lives on the Nariva estate, lamented, “In all my years here, and as one of the team members monitoring the manatees daily, I have never witnessed this kind of pollution. When I saw that the Ministry of Works was dredging Main Line and opening the drains linking into this sensitive area, I had a sinking feeling that this could not be good for the manatees.”

Click here to read the full story which appeared in the Newsday on Sunday August 26th, 2012


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