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Calls for gov’t to act immediately in beach contamination issue

Fishermen and Friends of the sea, General Secretary, Gary Aboud

Fecal contamination and the presence of heavy metal in waters along the North West cost of Trinidad continue to put citizens’ health at risk.

General Secretary of Fishermen and Friends of the Sea Gary Aboud believes that the situation is quite serious and demands immediate attention.

He says that this has been an issue for some 40 years now and nothing has been done by various administrations to address the matter.

He disclosed that the first study on the waters off the North Coast was done in the early 1920’s by Dr. Peter Norman and others on fecal contamination in the Gulf of Paria and on the Northern Coast in particular.

However he revealed that since then nothing has been done to address the matter.

Speaking with News Power Now today he stated that a lot of work needs to be done to address the matter.

He also stated that the health of all who use beaches contaminated with fecal matter and heavy metal is at risk.