Sports Department Welcomed

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services is pleased to announce the recent assignment of the Sports Department to the Ministerial portfolio of Hon. Edwin Astwood.

 

“As the Sports Department joins the Ministry of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, we see this addition as a great opportunity to enhance the Ministry’s efforts towards achieving its mandate of a healthier and empowered nation,” stated Hon Astwood, Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services.

 

Physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. (WHO, 2018) This strategic move can only enhance the Ministry’s efforts toward reducing the risk of non-communicable diseases like cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression.

 

The Ministry of Health extends a welcome to the staff members of the Sports Department and the new Director of Sports, Mr. Jarrett Forbes.  The blending of the Sports Department’s objectives of promoting the holistic development of citizens through the practice of sports and physical development; the Ministry’s strategic goals 2, 3 and 6 (primary health care focus, response to priority diseases, and intersectoral coordination; as well as the Government’s commitment to the focus on and strengthening of primary health care, is a recipe for progress toward a healthier and empowered nation.

 

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, and Human Services strongly believe that joining forces with the Sports Department will assist in achieving its strategic goals.

 

 

Fishing Tournaments

The Department of Environment and Coastal Resources would like to advise all fishing enthusiasts and the general public that the Fisheries Regulations state that:

  1. No person shall organise or host a sports fishing event or tournament, Without having prior written approval by the Minister.
  2. All persons who wish to participate in any sports fishing event or tournament must obtain the correct licences for themselves and their vessels.

The following licence fees apply:

Tournament Fishing Vessel Licence

Per tournament ....................................................... 250.00 (Per Vessel)

Tournament Fishing Licence

Per tournament ....................................................... 1,000.00 (Per Event)

Any person who uses, charters, hires out or otherwise makes available for reward any vessel for use by persons fishing for sport, or the master of any such vessel shall, without the required licenses commit an offence and be liable upon summary conviction to a fine of $50,000 or to a term of imprisonment of twelve months or to both the aforementioned fine and imprisonment.

The DECR would like to encourage all persons desiring to host or participate in any sports fishing event or tournament to email enquiries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call 338-4164 or visit one of our offices in Grand Turk, Providenciales or South Caicos for more information.

World Wetlands Day

 

Today, February 2nd, 2018 , The Turks & Caicos Islands join with the rest of the world in celebrating World Wetlands Day. This day marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar.

We cannot understate the importance of wetlands, and the value of goods and services they provide.Wetlands ensure fresh water and replenish ground water;

  1. Wetlands purify and filter harmful toxins;
  2. Wetlands are breeding grounds for many commercially important fish species;
  3. Wetlands provide vital habitats for migratory birds;
  4. Wetlands ease flooding and safeguard against drought;
  5. Wetlands reduce the impacts of erosion; and
  6. Wetlands provide sustainable livelihoods. 

For these reasons, and more, the government is committed to sustainable financing of these critical habitats, as they underpin our “Beautiful by Nature” tourism product.  We are blessed to have in the Turks and Caicos Islands the North, Middle and East Caicos Nature Reserve, declared an international Ramsar site. This wetland is of international importance contains a variety of habitat types noteworthy of the region, namely excellent mangrove swamp, and a rich array of fauna and flora. The significance of the Ramsar Site on the international stage, is one of the reasons, we can boast annually as we recognise and participate in World Wetlands Day celebrations!

As we continue the recovery process, in the wake of two catastrophic hurricanes, we can no doubt appreciate the resilience of our striving wetlands ecosystems, which played an important role in reducing the impacts and safeguarding us from what could have been more adverse damages.

The theme for this year iswetlands for a sustainable urban future!”, we at the Ministry of Tourism, Environment, Culture, Heritage & Gaming encourage you to do your part in protecting and sustaining these important natural habitats.  

You can start by joining the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) as they celebrate the 5th annual Turks & Caicos Islands, World Wetlands Day clean-up initiatives:

Join the DECR on Saturday, 3 February, from 07:30 – 09:00am at Wheeland Pond, Blue Hills, Providenciales or at North Creek (meeting point: west side of the mouth) in Grand Turk in an attempt to conserve our wetlands for a sustainable urban future! 

Please take this opportunity to get involved in your local community and to ensure wetlands for a sustainable urban future!