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Twice Told Tales

There are two subjects that regularly spark public debate in Jamaica. One is the need to Do Something About Climate Change, preferably with somebody else paying the bills. The other is the very bad state of the nation’s fisheries and the need to Do Something About the...

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Happy Earth Day

Cleaning up Mobay -- again On Sunday, April 22, Earth Day asks us to take the environment personally. From its modest beginnings in 1970, the idea has grown and spread. This year, sponsors of “the world’s largest environmental service campaign” estimate that more than...

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People, Get Ready

... Here we go again! June 1, the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, is only about six weeks away. The first of the major forecasts – from the respected team at Colorado State University – appeared on April 5, and it calls for a slightly above average...

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Closed Season

… If you love lobsters, leave them alone On Sunday, April 1, the Caribbean Spiny Lobster season in Jamaica closed. Until June 30, it is illegal to catch, sell or possess lobsters or lobster meat. If you are caught, the penalties include fines and possibly jail time....

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A Week of Special Days

… and still not much to celebrate Last week a series of special days in the environmental calendar came and went almost unnoticed. Wednesday, March 21 (the traditional first day of spring) was also the International Day of Forests. March 22 was World Water Day, and...

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Is Nothing Safe

…stealing sea cucumbers If you’ve been snorkeling over a sand or mud bottom, you’ve probably seen something that looked like a small moldy loaf of bread. That was a sea cucumber, and it’s not a vegetable. These interesting and useful creatures, part of the same large...

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Much Ado

.. and not much doing On Saturday, March 3, there was an earthquake in Jamaica. It wasn’t much of an earthquake, with an intensity of just 4.0 on the Richter scale. The centre was located about 18 km below the earth’s surface, just south of St. Margaret’s Bay in a...

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Living Colour

… What do the fish see? A lot of SCUBA divers are attracted to the sport by beautiful underwater pictures of a world decked out in brilliant reds, glowing yellows, every shade of pink and orange, green and blue. Then they get thirty feet down and wonder where all the...

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All Creatures Great and Small

…why we need wildlife Saturday, March 3, is World Wildlife Day. Established by the United Nations in 2013, the day marks the anniversary of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. It is meant to draw attention to the importance of wild creatures...

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Hunting Lions

…for fun and dinner In the past couple of years there has been quite a lot written about lionfish – usually, articles moaning about what a menace they are. In fact, lionfish are very attractive in their bright stripes and flowing plumes. They also taste very good,...

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Great Expectations

… and some overdue housecleaning Jamaica has a new fish sanctuary. The White River Special Fisheries Conservation Area spans 1.5 kilometers of seacoast from Hermosa Cove in St. Ann to Prospect in St. Mary. It is the first sanctuary in the Ocho Rios area, and its...

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Taking Out the Trash, the never-ending story

Last week, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) released two brief reports on its trash-collecting activity in 2017. JET is the national coordinator of the International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) day each September, and the organizer of the year-round Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica...

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