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    The contribution made by seafarers to international trade and the economy was lauded during a celebration held at the Barbados Coast Guard Ship (BCGS) PELICAN, last weekend. The activities, hosted by the Regional Security System (RSS) and the Barbados Coast Guard, were held to observe the Day of the Seafarer and the International Day against […]

    July 8, 2022Featured, NatureNo comments

    Collaboration is vital. That is the message conveyed jointly by — Dr. David Bynoe, National Coordinator of the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program implemented by the United Nations Development Program (GEF SGP UNDP) – and Susan Mahon, President of the Coral Reef Restoration Alliance (CORALL).  Their two organisations recently hosted an event on UN […]

    June 23, 2022Featured, NatureNo comments
  3. USNS Burlington Builds Bonds in Barbados

    The Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Burlington arrived at the Port of Bridgetown, Barbados recently for a two-day port call to conduct joint training exercises with the Barbados Defense Force. During the tour, Captain Tyler Driscoll discussed the ship’s capabilities. And Lieutenant Julian Turner, mission commander of the military detachment assigned to the USNS […]

    April 20, 2022PoliticalNo comments
  4. Coastal Zone Management Unit praised for their protection of the island’s shorelines

    A number of Boardwalk sites and revetments on both south and west coasts were just inspected by the Honourable Adrian Forde, the Minister of the Environment & National Beautification along with delegates from the Coastal Zone Management Unit (CZMU): The tour gave a comprehensive overview of the project work the CZMU have done, and they’ll […]

    March 28, 2022Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  5. Prime Minister of Barbados gives tribute for the passing of Dr Hugh Sealy, Roofs To Reefs champion and pioneer

    News of the passing of Dr Hugh Sealy, with whom I have maintained a very close friendship since the days we attended primary school together, has left me in a state of shock. I have lost a true friend and trusted advisor, and Barbados, the region and small island developing states across the globe have […]

    March 19, 2022Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  6. CARICOM sends message of condolence to Tsunami-hit Tonga

    CARICOM has expressed ‘heartfelt sorrow‘ at the tragic loss of life from the recent tsunami in Tonga. CARICOM Secretary-General Dr Carla Barnett shared the Community’s concern in a message of condolence to the Prime Minister of Tonga, H.E. Siaosi Sovaleni: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views with deep concern the tragic effects on Tonga of the […]

    January 24, 2022Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  7. Export Barbados (BIDC) Signs MOU to Explore Wave Energy

    Export Barbados (BIDC) and Wello Oy, a company from Finland specializing in wave energy technology, have announced a new cooperation agreement to explore the opportunities that lie in Barbados’ marine space for energy generation. There are three phases to the project – a feasibility study; the development of a prototype device; and the setting up […]

    November 16, 2021Breaking News, Featured, TechnologyNo comments
  8. BDF joins forces with Maritime Affairs Ministry to host Fishing Vessel Operations Course

    The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Division of Fisheries, recently concluded the Fishing Vessel Operations Course 2021. The course, facilitated by the BDF maritime unit, the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), catered to participants from the BCG, the Barbados Regiment, Barbados Cadet Corps and the […]

    October 18, 2021Breaking News, Education, FeaturedNo comments
  9. Rising sea surface temperatures driving the loss of 14 percent of corals since 2009

    The “Status of Coral Reefs of the World: 2020” report, released today, documents the loss of approximately 14 per cent of the world’s coral since 2009. The report, the sixth edition produced by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), provides the most detailed scientific picture to date of the toll elevated temperatures have taken on […]

    October 6, 2021Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments

    Digicel is making a significant investment in international submarine capacity with the build of its Deep Blue One subsea cable and has signed a partnership agreement with Orange to extend the system from Trinidad to French Guiana. Recognising the opportunity to supercharge connectivity in this area of the Caribbean and Latin America, Deep Blue One […]

    October 4, 2021TechnologyNo comments
  11. Ministry of Maritime Affairs adjusts operating hours of Fish Markets in keeping with revised Curfew

    Fish markets across Barbados will have changes to their operating hours, now operating from 7:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with immediate effect. Sundays will be 7:00 am until 1:00 pm – except Speightstown which is closed Sundays. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy continues to remind the fishing […]

    September 11, 2021Agriculture, Breaking News, FeaturedNo comments

    Barbados is seeking to join the UK-led Global Ocean Alliance (GOA), to support the “30by30 movement“, established to protect 30 per cent of the ocean space by 2030. And, Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Kirk Humphrey is calling for the rest of the world to follow suit in what he has described […]

    August 19, 2021Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  13. CDB, RSS Continue to Strengthen Maritime Security

    Safer seaports and wider maritime spaces in the Eastern Caribbean are anticipated once the Regional and National Maritime Security Strategies currently being formulated by the Regional Security System (RSS) are implemented. The strategy development is being funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the RSS, with technical support from the Organisation of American States […]

    August 4, 2021Crime, FeaturedNo comments
  14. Fair Future for Seafarers: Message from Kirk D. M. Humphrey, MP – Minister of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy

    Today, I wish to join with fellow Barbadians and the global community in celebrating the significant contribution that seafarers have made to the development of Barbados and the world economy. The theme “Fair Future for Seafarers” chosen for this year’s celebration is particularly relevant in light of the extraordinary circumstances seafarers have found themselves in […]

    June 25, 2021Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  15. BDF Barbados Coast Guard Search and Rescue – P53 ‘NICANNO’

    The Barbados Coast Guard (BCG) conducted a successful search and rescue (SAR) for two Barbadian fishermen onboard fishing vessel P53 “NICANNO“. P53 NICANNO was successfully towed to the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex.

    June 21, 2021EventsNo comments

    Barbados created history on Tuesday by planting 50 fragments of staghorn coral from the Folkstone Marine Reserve at Carlisle Bay for the first time, as it marked World Oceans Day, under the theme: Ocean: Life and Livelihoods. Speaking moments before boarding the Mojito vessel at the Shallow Draught, Minister Humphrey explained that the coral used […]

    June 10, 2021Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  17. Technology Portal Brings Revolutionary Approach to Marine Management

    Today, less than 8 percent of the ocean is safeguarded through marine protected areas or other area-based conservation measures, with less than 3 percent covered by fully or highly-protected areas. Now, with Global Fishing Watch Marine Manager, we have an innovative technology portal that helps support the design, management and monitoring of existing and new marine protected […]

    June 5, 2021Nature, Video GalleryNo comments
  18. Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Blue Economy alerts to Change of Opening Hours at All Markets for Easter

    All fish markets across Barbados will open from 7:00 am until 5:00 pm from Wednesday 31st March. This is due to the emergency directives now allowing for persons to leave home at 5:00 am, however all Markets will follow Emergency Directive No 7 and remain shut all day on Good Friday 2nd April and Easter […]

    March 30, 2021Breaking News, Business, FeaturedNo comments
  19. Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Blue Economy (MMABE) reminds Barbadians of the ban on petroleum based single use Plastics under the control of The Disposable Plastics Act (2020)

    Petroleum based plastics pose a hazard to marine life, including the fish we eat and turtles that nest on our beaches. Furthermore, it affects the capacity for our fisherfolk to make a living. The public is also reminded under this Act, single-use petroleum-based plastics are prohibited in both import and use here in Barbados. The […]

    March 25, 2021Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  20. Caribbean lobsters threatened by recently discovered pathogens and parasites

    Recent research provides evidence that parasites and pathogens may impact a commercially important species which generates $500 million in income for fishers and close to $1 billion in export revenue each year. As global climate change and warmer water temperature can facilitate the spread of various pathogens in the ocean, increasing attention must be given […]

    March 4, 2021NatureNo comments
  21. Difficult Conversations – “Thank You” by Grenville Phillips II

    Last Sunday, I decided to get a sea-bath before the lockdown. It was the first time I entered the sea in years. When I got to Accra beach, I noticed the yellow flags. There was no lifeguard on duty, so I asked the security guard to keep an eye on me. She said that she […]

    February 2, 2021NatureNo comments
  22. Ministry of Maritime Affairs Urging All Barbadians to exercise caution when using ocean at this time.

    The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy wishes to inform the public there have been sightings of sharks in neighbouring Caribbean islands. While there have been no reports of any shark sightings in Barbadian waters, all seabathers, watercraft operators, fishermen and all others using the sea have been asked to exercise great caution […]

    January 14, 2021Breaking News, Featured, NatureNo comments
  23. Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy observed 54th Independence of Barbados

    Barbadians from all over the world convened on social media platforms recently to usher in the anniversary of Barbados starting off as a sovereign nation 54 years ago, and the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy joined in on the joyous occasion. Minister Humphrey reminded viewers of We Sea, We Life – an […]

    December 5, 2020Featured, PoliticalNo comments
  24. Transport Ministry notes sluice gate in Worthing is open ’til 26th Nov by 6 am

    The Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources advises the public that the sluice gate in Worthing was open from six this morning of Wednesday 25th November until 6:00 A.M., tomorrow, Thursday 26th November. (ATTN, OBSERVATION: NO ASSIGNATION OF CHARACTERS REAL, LIVING, DEAD OR UNDEAD HAVE BEEN SO APPORTIONED; PHOTOS USED BY AUTHOR HAVE BEEN […]

    November 25, 2020Events, Photo GalleryNo comments
  25. ‘Telling Our Story,’ a Panel Discussion with The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and The Blue Economy

    Tomorrow morning from 10:00 am, November 2nd, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy will host a Panel Discussion streamed from the Ministry’s Headquarters in Christ Church at the Civil Aviation Building, Hopefield Development, Charnocks with the theme? “Telling Our Story,” and includes MMABE Minister – the Hon. Kirk D. M. Humphrey; Director […]

    November 1, 2020Breaking News, Education, FeaturedNo comments