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FFOS: Do not swim in Gulf of Paria or ‘down de islands’

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This is a matter of life and death. It is not accidental that Corexit is banned in 18 countries around the world. Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) urges the public to view this YouTube “60 Minutes” programme to see for yourself:


In this “60 minutes” YouTube video, you will see that the Corexit disaster will continue to impact on our fishery and on the exposed residents and citizens for years to come. FFOS members have dived and uncovered “tar balls” all the way to Gasparee Island, and in numerous areas in La Brea, and we are issuing this public “No Swimming” warning in the absence of any transparent and independent analysis, and the absence of any credible statement from the numerous and well-funded Government entities. 


FFOS has issued unheeded Corexit warnings from the beginning of this disaster in December 2013 and our reckless administration has only this week given an approximate quantity of how much of one of the dispersants was used. FFOS does not trust that data and is calling for an urgent and independent audit of Petrotin data. Remember, the Gulf of Paria water moves in a gyre (clockwise motion); therefore the Corexit contaminated water will continue to move in a circular motion in the Gulf of Paria.


“60 Minutes” is a credible investigative entity. This is no joke. We urge you to run this video on the air. The public has a right to know that this cover-up must stop.
1. FFOS continues to call for “No Playing/Swimming” signs to be put on all Gulf of Paria recreational areas, including and especially the recreational beaches in South Trinidad.
2. FFOS again calls for detailed and thorough testing to determine exposure and damage of all of the residents and especially the “oil spill clean up” workers.
3. FFOS continues to call for testing of the Gulf of Paria fish to determine whether and which Gulf fish are safe to eat.


The precautionary principle is critically important in this matter. “Do not do if you are not sure.” We urge you to publish/broadcast this public warning! This is a matter of life and death.



Gary Aboud
Secretary, FFOS


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