An assessment of Trinidad and Tobago's Marine Surveillance Capability for protecting the Marine Environment and its Resources
Trinidad and Tobago has declared various maritime zones consistent with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The uses of these zones are extensive ranging from trade-related to recreational activities. Monitoring such a wide range of users is a challenge for many States and requires a comprehensive regulatory regime capable of empowering the relevant authorities with the means for its effective implementation. While the domestic legal and institutional framework governing marine environmental protection and conservation lags far behind that of the international arena, thereby rendering many of the applicable international laws non-operational, there are various institutions that are involved in protecting and conserving the marine environment as part of their general mandate. These institutions include the Trinidad and Tobago Coast Guard, Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Maritime Services Division of the Ministry of Works and Transport and the Marine Interdiction Unit, Customs Division of the Ministry of Finance. This poster presents a critical analysis of the roles and functions of the various institutions involved in marine surveillance and legislation prescribing their respective powers. General recommendations for improving the existing legal and regulatory regime are outlined.
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