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NWU SUPPORTS FISHER FOLK’S CALL TO REGULATE SEISMIC SURVEYS

posted 22 Oct 2013, 12:42 by Gerry Kangalee

NWU SUPPORTS FISHER FOLK’S CALL TO REGULATE SEISMIC SURVEYS


The National Workers Union (NWU) supports the demonstration organised by the United Fisher Folk on Thursday 24th October on the waterfront in Port of Spain. 
 
The National Workers Union believes that the fisher folk of Trinidad and Tobago have a vested interest in ensuring that the fish stock is adequate to supply the needs of citizens and that it is a cause of grave concern that the seismic surveys being carried out by the energy companies pose a danger to the continued viability of the fishing industry itself. 
 
The NWU supports the position that the seismic surveys be regulated by the Environmental Management Authority, and that proper environmental impact assessments (EIA) of seismic surveys be done before any Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) is approved. These EIA’s must take into consideration the growing body of evidence that suggests that so-called seismic bombing affects the spawning, hearing, feeding, and migration of fish.  

Data gathered in other jurisdictions indicate that these surveys kill adult fish as well as their larvae and eggs. Fisher folk have pointed out that a reduction in the fish stock has occurred over the years that seismic surveys have taken place and continues to occur over a long period after the survey is concluded. 
 
The National Workers Union calls upon the Environmental Management Authority to rigorously examine any applications for seismic surveys made by energy companies; to insist that EIA’s be made and to take into consideration the Summary Review and Comment on Petrotrin’s application to the EMA for a Certificate of Environmental Clearance to carry out a seismic survey in the Gulf of Paria (CEC/3963-2013), prepared by Environmental Engineer, Cathal Healy-Singh. 
 
The National Workers Union calls upon the government to actively collaborate with and support the fisher folk of Trinidad and Tobago in their struggle to maintain their livelihoods and to ensure the very survival of the fishing industry. This is critical to the conservation of the marine assets and to the food security of the country. Failure to do so could also result in the pauperisation of tens of thousands of productive citizens and add to the growing social problems that we already face in this country.

 

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Gerry Kangalee (National Education and Research Officer – Cell: 785-7637)

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Gerry Kangalee,
22 Oct 2013, 12:42
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