A joint statement by the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has stated that the dead fish seen floating in Chaguaramas this week, were dumped there.
The IMA and EMA issued the following statement today.
"On May 10th 2017, the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) received notification that dead fish were observed in the Chaguaramas area close to the Crews Inn Marina and Power Boats facilities.
Upon investigation, it was determined that the fish (only bait fish sardines and herrings observed), were intentionally dumped by a longliner vessel which had earlier visited the area.
This conclusion is based on an eyewitness account and supported by the observation of live healthy fishes at both locations where the dead fish were witnessed.
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) and the IMA continue to recommend to fisherfolk, that the ongoing practice of dumping bycatch or unwanted catch in the marine environment ought to be discontinued, especially given the negative impact this practice can have on fish sales and consumer confidence.
The EMA and IMA also acknowledge important stakeholders who continue to provide information on any observed potential environmental emergencies."