CTA Policy Briefing – “Caribbean Reefs in Danger”

ACM: St Georges, Grenada

October 18, 2010 – Three senior and well known Caribbean agricultural experts have warned about imminent dangers to the region if not enough is done by developed and other nations to roll back the pace of greenhouse gas emissions that are slowly increasing global temperatures and threatening marine life in the tourism-dependant trade bloc.

Speaking at Monday’s first daily press briefing as the Ninth edition of Caribbean Week of Agriculture commenced in St. George’s, Grenada, the experts all pointed to clear and mounting evidence that warmer temperatures are not only destroying centuries-old Caribbean coral reefs, but also encouraging some marine species like Dolphin fishes to swim and spawn way north from the region to waters off the Southern United States.

Coral reefs are bleaching and in the future, some indigenous crops that now thrive in current and previous climatic conditions may not be able to do so. This demands a comprehensive assessment of the risks and effects of climate change.

“This is a major challenge for us. We may not have any marine life of significance at all,” warned Dr. Leslie Simpson, Natural Resource Management Specialist at the Jamaica office of the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI).

Read full official press release (pdf): CTA Policy Briefing – “Caribbean Reefs in Danger”

Oct, 18, 2010