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Information resources for marine and aquatic sciences research in Trinidad and Tobago.

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  • Agricultural Science
  • Ecology
  • Geography


Introduction INFORMATION RESOURCES FOR MARINE AND AQUATIC SCIENCES RESEARCH IN TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO Sharida Hosein The University of the West Indies Campus Libraries St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago. West Indies ABSTRACT: Trinidad and Tobago is a twin island state situated in the Southern Caribbean where there is a strong tradition of research in all aspects of Marine and Aquatic Sciences. Much of this research in recent times has focused on different aspects of pollution and environmental degradation of offshore and inland waters because of the importance of the petroleum industries and agriculture. There has also been a lot of research on fish stocks, commercial species and aquaculture. The three main Institutions responsible for this research are The University of the West Indies, the Institute of Marine Affairs and the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Food Production and Marine Resources. This paper discusses the information resources available to researchers in this area, from the largely print based sources in the past to the more recent digital and online resources now being provided by the libraries and information centres of these organisations. Some of the initiatives in and challenges of acquiring and providing electronic information are outlined. Introduction The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state, which includes the islands of Trinidad and Tobago; smaller islands off the northeast coast of Tobago; the Five Islands and other smaller islands, which lie between the north west coast of Trinidad and the Peninsula de Paria in Venezuela. The marine area over which the state has sovereignty or jurisdiction comprises a total sea area of some 75,000 square kilometres. These areas are bordered by the waters of neighbouring countries, Venezuela, Grenada and Barbados. Trinidad and Tobago has a combined area of 5128 km2. Trinidad is separated from Venezuela at its nearest points by about 13 kilometres, and from T

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