Input and consultation among the various stakeholders, agencies and ministers are cited by the Food Production Minister as critical in resolving differences surrounding plans by state owned energy company Petrotrin, to conduct a seismic survey in December for five months.
On Thursday members of lobby group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea staged a protest in the waters off the International Waterfront, Port of Spain, between the water taxi terminal and Hyatt hotel.
The group claims the seismic survey will devastate fish stock and affect the livelihood of fisher folk.
However, Petrotrin in a statement defended the survey. The company says the Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) survey will be employing improved technology, utilizing the discharge of compressed air to generate pulses for recording, adding no explosives are being used.
In an interview on the matter, Food Production Minister, Devant Maharaj, said the situation is one which requires meaningful dialogue among the key players involved.
Fishermen and Friends of the Sea President, Gary Aboud meanwhile, told News Power Now that environmental protection should never be sidelined in the push for national development.