Caribbean Marine Association Seeks to Ban TBT Anti-foul Paint

The use of Tributyltin TBT marine anti-foul paint is currently banned in most of the world but not yet in the Caribbean.

In a bid to get that changed the Caribbean Marine Association (CMA) is planning a campaign to have the sale of TBT marine anti-foul paint banned throughout the Caribbean.

John J Duffy President of Caribbean Marine Association said, “Research has proved that TBT is very harmful to the marine environment and, as an area which relies heavily on the environment for its tourism industry, the Caribbean needs to be mindful of the harm being done by the continuing sale of TBT paints to yachts and other sea going vessels.”

For a variety of reasons it would be difficult to get all Caribbean nations to agree to ban the sale and use of TBT based anti-foul paint.

Equally, no single Caribbean island wishes to be the first to introduce a ban and put itself at a trading disadvantage with its neighbours, therefore, the CMA has decided to deal with the problem at its source – the retailers.

A number of retailers in the Caribbean already refuse to stock TBT paint and the CMA is hopeful of persuading those retailers who still sell TBT paint to desist from doing so.

Duffy said, “If all retailers cease selling TBT based paints it should be relatively easy to persuade Governments to legislate against TBT as no one country will then be at a disadvantage.”

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