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! 

CVQ PORTFOLIO WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports & Library Services, in a major thrust to promote competency-based education in the country, hosted a two-day training workshop in Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). The event was held at the HJ Robinson High and Clement Howell High Schools respectively on January 25 and 26, 2018. Forty-five teachers from public and private high schools throughout the islands with specialization in TVET Education participated. The facilitator was Miss Jodine Williams who currently serves as the Senior Assistant Registrar in the Syllabus & Curriculum Division, at the CXC Regional office in Kingston, Jamaica.

In an effort to address the need for local skilled workers and to provide greater curriculum options that takes into consideration the individual learning styles and interests of our students, the Ministry of Education introduced the CVQ Programme in public high schools in 2015. The programmes introduced thus far are Carpentry, Commercial Food Preparation, Data Operations and Office Administration. Other programmes are expected to be introduced in the coming academic year.

The CVQ Programme is based on Competency-Based Education Training and Assessment (CBETA) which is built on the philosophy of being learner centred. As students’ progress by mastering each competency, they are required to create and maintain portfolios of their work. The workshop was therefore specifically to train teachers in helping students build and manage their portfolios, as well as train teachers to assess their students work, based on established industry standards.

 

PORTS AUTHORITY BOARD MEET WITH STAKEHOLDERS

The Turks and Caicos Islands Ports Authority held its first Providenciales Stakeholders’ meeting for the year, on Wednesday January 17, 2018, in the Conference Room, at the Ports Authority Office, South Dock, Providenciales. A similar stakeholders’ meeting is being planned for Grand Turk during February. The TCI Ports Authority is committed to holding regular meetings with stakeholders. The Board Chairman Mr. Devon Williams announced plans to introduce an annual meeting with Stakeholders - the inaugural meeting is to take place in March 2018.

An overall summary of projects throughout the Port system was presented, and a wide range of issues relating to the shipping sector were discussed. The meeting was very successful and ended with a consensus between both groups to collaborate to address mutual concerns.

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