Caribbean
Caribbean
Tourism

Small Agencies Work Together to Protect Environment from Ship Waste

The Virgin Islands relies on a tiny force of individuals to guard it against potential environmental damage from any of the hundreds of cruise ships and other commercial vessels that visit its shores annually – but that line is reinforced by a bulwark of international convention and U.S. controls and authority.

Caribbean
Tourism

Jamaica Expects Influx of Sargassum Seaweed In Coming Months - NEPA

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is advising the public to expect an influx of mats of the brown seaweed known as Sargassum along several beaches across the island in the upcoming months.

Caribbean
Federal

U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS HOSTS INTERAGENCY REGULATORY MEETING IN U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) last week hosted its first interagency meeting in the Virgin Islands since Hurricanes Irma and Maria to hear project proposals that could have an effect on the islands’ waterways.

Caribbean
Property

Climate Change and Cuba’s Coastal Towns

HAVANA TIMES – The effects of climate change still don’t exist for many people, most notably US president Donald Trump, while others do believe in it but think these changes will happen in the distant future.

Caribbean
Property

Cuba acknowledges climate change threats in its constitution

Move is the latest in a series that the country has made aimed at dealing with stronger hurricanes, more intense droughts and rising sea levels.

Caribbean
Fisheries

NOAA Supports New Fishery Management Plans in USVI

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has taken an island-based management approach since 2012, providing autonomy to agencies like the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, which has now approved plans to further embrace island-based fishing management.

Caribbean
Science

For the fifth year in a row, a named storm has formed early in the Atlantic

Officially, of course, the Atlantic hurricane season does not begin until June 1.

Caribbean
Tourism

What to do with that stinky sargassum?

When life deals you sargassum ... well, you won't find a market for sargassum-ade.

Caribbean
Tourism

Smelly algae (aka sargassum) invasion threatens Mexico's prized beaches

Mexico's Riviera Maya coast brings in half of the country's tourism revenues, but the algae explosion could cripple the local economy. The vast mats of algae, called sargassum, is one of the more visible climate-change events quietly altering the tourist trade.

Caribbean
Tourism

Resort faces huge lawsuit -US lawyers plan to file mulit-million class action against Beaches “within days”

HUNDREDS of holidaymakers who fear they were overcharged by the TCI’s biggest resort have come forward to join a potential class action which lawyers say could see the company forced to fork out millions in compensation.

Caribbean
Waterways

Jamaica: Port Royal fishermen struggle to get bait - blame dredging

The livelihood of fishermen in Port Royal is under threat by the dredging of the harbour to accommodate cruise ships. Fishermen told THE STAR that the dredging has destroyed their bait grounds.

Caribbean
Tourism

Nearly two years after Hurricane Maria devastation, Puerto Rico welcomes record number of tourists

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Nearly two years after a deadly hurricane season, tourists are visiting Puerto Rico in record numbers as the U.S. territory continues to rebuild from Hurricane Maria.

Caribbean
Property

Andrea to Wendy: Meet 2019′s hurricane names

With only two-and-a-half months until hurricane season and with most people in the Florida Panhandle still grappling with the damage left over from last year, it’s almost time once again to check preparation kits, stock up on batteries and plan evacuation routes.

Caribbean
Tourism

Government vows to continue Riviera Maya sargasso battle

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Officials from Cancun to Tulum continue to fight the issue of sargasso that has begun to arrive on state beaches. The continual abundance of the sea weed remains a critical issue for the state as the sargasso slowly returns to the region.

Caribbean
Federal

Virgin Islands Storm Repairs May Be Jeopardized by FEMA, Contractors Dispute

Companies rebuilding storm-damaged homes in the U.S. Virgin Islands under a federally funded program say they haven’t been paid in months and are threatening to place liens on the houses.

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