Protected Status for Macqueripe Bay, Trinidad
Macqueripe Bay on the north coast of Trinidad is a special place that needs your help:
· It is home to a wide variety of marine life: over 160 species have been recorded there including algae, corals, sponges, crabs, snails, fish, turtles and dolphins
· It is sheltered, usually has relatively calm, clear water, and attracts many individuals and families who engage in a range of recreational pursuits
The bay is threatened by unregulated fishing (spearfishing and fishing from shore), litter (e.g., food containers, fishing lines, bottles), pollution (waterborne pathogens and nutrients), and the unregulated operation of motorised recreational craft in the bay. These activities can pose a threat to both human and marine life, and the quality of experience had by recreationists. Unless properly regulated or stopped, there is the risk that someone could get seriously hurt or killed, and that some species that are key to the stability of the bay’s ecosystem could be decimated.
There is evidence from studies by The University of the West Indies and the Institute of Marine Affairs, that by the 1990s the bay had lost some of the biodiversity observed and recorded in the 1970s–1980s.
The Trinidad & Tobago Eco Divers Club therefore seeks the assistance of the public in safeguarding Macqueripe Bay by supporting our request to the Environmental Management Authority to give the bay protected status that would prohibit the extraction of wild life, and safeguard water quality.
Please sign the petition below to help us preserve this beautiful, national treasure. You support is greatly appreciated.