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Coastal Protection Unit

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The establishment of the Ministry's Coastal Protection Unit (CPU) is all about the preservation and rehabilitation of our coastlines. As a small island state, our coastlines are indeed important and need protection and maintenance.  Within the Coastal Protection Unit, a Coastal Protection Programme has been formulated to address the most crucial aspects of coastal erosion, instability, and flooding incidents along the coastline of Trinidad. Another key service provided by the Coastal Protection Unit is the maintenance of Sea Defences.

Some more of the core activities of the Coastal Protection Unit are to: 

  • Prevent coastal erosion 

  • Design and Construct Hydraulic and Coastal Structures 

  • Develop and implement policies, plans, standards, regulations, rules and requirements for the prevention of coastal erosion

  • Maintain sea defences


For the 2014-2015 fiscal year, CPU has projected that coastal civil engineered structures will protect 15% of Trinidad’s coastline, which are about 17 projects. Two of these projects are the North Cocos and Shore of Peace Stabilization projects. In the North Cocos Bay Project, the construction of a 100 linear meters of seawall with toe protection is being undertaken. Berthing and landing facilities including the construction of a slipway, a landing shed together with paving and drainage works are also being done. At the Shore of Peace Stabilization Works, 530 linear metres of combined concrete seawall and rubble mound revetment are being constructed.

The Coastal Protection Unit recently launched its two Acoustic Wave and Current Profiler (AWAC) machines, Eddie and Marina, off the East Coast of Trinidad in Manzanilla Bay on Friday 2nd and Monday 5th October, respectively.
Eddy, the first AWAC machine, was deployed by Coastal Dynamics Ltd. Contractors. A team of seven persons travelled approximately 15 minutes from the Manzanilla shore, to place Eddy at a depth of 9 metres into the ocean.  Eddy was prepared on land and that setup was carried out to sea for deployment. Divers then went down to anchor the machine with concrete blocks and also to ensure that ‘Eddy’ was facing upright and well secured. Following this, a proper GPS fix was taken in order to recover ‘Eddy’ easily when servicing is required.

A similar methodology was used in the deployment of Marina as well.

Inside view of Eddie - Acoustic Wave & Current Profiler

Divers prepare to drop and anchor Eddie off Manzanilla's coast

Preparing Marina for drop off 


Ultimately, the Ministry’s Coastal Protection Unit continues to implement methodologies of best practice, which ensures that the high quality of our nation’s coasts is maintained. 


The above map is not indicative of all Trinidad’s beaches,
only those monitored by the IMA (Institute of Marine Affairs)

Source: Darsan, J., Ramnath, S. and Alexis, C. (2012). Status of Beaches and Bays
in Trinidad (2004-2008). Technical Report, Institute of Marine Affairs.


Manzanilla Sea Wall Stabilization Project




The CPU successfully hosted the second consultation for Mayaro-GuayaguayareCoastal Study. This event was hosted at the Mayaro Resource Centre, while the first consultation was held in October in Guayaguayare.

With an audience of just over 60 participants, the main objectives were to inform stakeholders of the status of the project and to gather feedback on the proposed solutions for the stabilization of areas affected by erosion and flooding along the 37km of shoreline.

Residents from communities such as Mayaro, Plaisance, La Brea Village and Guayaguayare participated in the session alongside representatives from the energy sector, the Institute of Marine Affairs and The University of the West Indies. Also in attendance were representatives from the Women in Fishing Association and the Member of parliament for Mayaro, Mr Rushton Paray.

The full presentation can be viewed here:

Feedback may be sent to (Subject: Mayaro-Guyaguayare Presentation Feedback)


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