Tobago, on the island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, has been designated as part of an international coral reef early warning system that will monitor the health of the world’s reefs. The Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) will consist of buoys that will monitor climate change, coral bleaching and other changes to the reefs off Tobago and will determine any damage that occurs to the reef, both man-made and natural. This data will them be sent to the Buccoo Reef Management and Training Centre where it will be sent to reef management bodies throughout the Caribbean and around the world for analysis.
A workshop that will educate NGOs and other reef conservation groups will ben held Nov.21 at the Buccoo Community Centre and Nov. 22 at the Speyside Community Centre on the island. CREWS “is a very important piece of equipment that will give us an account of what is happening in our waters around the island at an early time to enable us to take the appropriate action,” said Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment Godwin Adams. “This in a sense is an internationally operated system to check on reefs around the world.”