Students learn about marine life at TDC’s first Blue Flag Marine Park

 

May 4th, 2016

 

Thirty-five students of the Hokett Baptist Primary School got up close and personal with some of Trinidad and Tobago’s native marine animals at the Blue Flag Marine Park. An initiative of the Tourism Development Company (TDC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Blue Flag Marine Park was held on Friday 29th April, 2016 at the Las Cuevas Beach Facility.

The Marine Park, the first of its kind to be hosted by the TDC, allowed the students to experience the beauty and magic of the ocean while at the same time raise their awareness of the need to have respect for the environment and all of the earth’s creatures.

Included in the park were six Marine Care Display Tanks and two Touch Tanks, from which the students could interact with some of the harmless marine wildlife and learn proper handling techniques and interesting facts about the animals. The session was conducted by Mr. David Douglas, a specialist in the field of Environmental Science.

Attended by the Honourable Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Tourism and other officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the TDC, the Marine Park is one of five educational activities that are required under the Blue Flag programme to maintain the facility’s Blue Flag status. Commenting on the initiative, Keith Chin, Chief Executive Officer of the TDC said that “the TDC and the Ministry of Tourism have always been dedicated to environmental conservation and the development of sustainable tourism products. Programmes such as the Marine Park provide a means through which the nation’s youth can gain a greater understanding of the impact and the role that each person plays in the protection and preservation of our surroundings.”

Blue Flag is an international certification programme geared towards sustainable development of beaches or marinas through strict criteria for water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and security and other services. The programme is owned and run by the independent non-profit organisation, foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) and is coordinated by Asclepius Green, a local Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). In September, 2014 Las Cuevas Beach was awarded Blue Flag certification and was re-awarded the status for a second season from 17th November, 2015 to July, 2016.

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