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Disney, ocean waste plus more in Caribbean news in brief

PICTURED: Jamaica’s Enhancement Fund executive director, Dr Carey Wallace

CARIBBEAN’S OCEAN WASTE CONTAINER

The Caribbean's first waste container, capable of collecting ocean pollutants such as debris and oil slicks, has been installed in the Marine Park of Jamaica’s Montego Bay.

The seabin is a submersible receptacle made by the Finland- based firm Wartsila. Jamaica’s Enhancement Fund executive director, Dr Carey Wallace, said: “Our environment is a part of what attracts tourists to our shores...therefore it has to be sustained”.

PROJECT TO TEST OCEAN’S ACIDITY

The Caribbean will be supported by the International Atomic Energy Agency in a 2019 project to test the acidity of the Caribbean Sea as a result of increased absorption of greenhouse gases. The executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism, Milton Haughton, said that “the seawater is becoming more and more acidic and that is not good for the living marine organisms”.

BAHAMAS DEFENDS DISNEY APPROVAL

The Bahamian government has been defending a decision to allow Disney Cruise Line to develop a private cruise port at Lighthouse Point at South Eleuthera. Environmental- ists called the decision “regrettable” but Disney officials vowed to preserve the site’s natural beauty.

GUYANA LAUNCHES INDIGENOUS DRINK

Guyana's Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) has launched ‘Sak’, a beverage made from purple sweet potatoes grown in the hinterland regions. At the Green Guyana Expo, IAST of cials said the drink, also called ‘ y’, had been made for a “very long time” by the Makushi and Patomona tribes.

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