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 The Seafood Industry Development Co. Ltd (SIDC) is inviting bids from the public for the purchase of the above mentioned item.  The mobile office can be viewed on the following dates, between the hours of 10:00 am to 12:00 noon:

·         Friday 17th February, 2017

·         Wednesday 22nd February,  2017

Please contact 665-0751 ext 224 to arrange viewing of the mobile office or for any enquiries.

To obtain the Bid Sale Form with instructions for submission, please click on following link: 

SIDC Bid Sale Mobile Container Form

The deadline date for submission of bids is Friday 24th February, 2017, no later than 3.00 pm.


Media Release

T&T National Awarded United Nations Fellowship at Iceland

Mr. Keegan Slinger of the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited (SIDC) has been awarded a six-month fellowship to attend the United Nations University, Fisheries Training Programme (UNU-FPT) in Iceland from September 2016 to March 2017.

The UNU-FPT is a post-graduate training programme offering instructions in various areas of fisheries sector for practising professionals in less developed countries.  The programme is led by the Marine Research Institute in formal cooperation with the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories, University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri. The aim of this fellowship is to strengthen the professional capacity of UNU-FTP Fellows to actively contribute to the work done in their organizations and to recognize development potential in their home countries.

Twenty three (23) persons from around the globe have been awarded the fellowship and Mr. Slinger is one of five representing the Caribbean basin. Mr. Slinger, a University of the West Indies graduate will be specializing in Fisheries Policy and Planning in Iceland.  During his fellowship he will be engaged in Resource Assessment, Quality Management of Fish Handling and Processing, Fishing Technology, Sustainable Aquaculture and Management of Fisheries Companies.  In the final part of his 6-month training Mr. Slinger will work closely with a supervisor to combine the experience and practical skills developed in the introductory phase to design and present a research proposal focusing on Trinidad and Tobago fishing and seafood industry.  Upon the completion of the UNU-FTP he will defend his proposal and will be able to share with his colleagues in Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Slinger has over five years of experience in the seafood sector and has been actively engaged in undertaking work in the production of seafood in marine recirculating aquaculture systems. In preparing for his departure, he has been researching the needs and challenges within the local fishing industry with the aim of bridging the gap.  Mr. Slinger said he is honoured to be awarded this fellowship and intends to apply the knowledge gained to improve the policy framework for the seafood sector in Trinidad and Tobago. Attendance at the policy and planning fellowship by Mr. Slinger comes at the opportune time as the sector advances to improve its management of the fishery resources and the seafood value chain.

The SIDC congratulates Mr. Slinger on this achievement and wishes him all the best in his endeavours to assist the sector. 

It is with deep regret that the Seafood Industry Development Company Limited announces the passing of our beloved former Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Doon Ramsaroop, who departed this life on Saturday March 19th  2016.

Dr. Ramsaroop was one of the key members of the committee that developed the framework for the formation of the SIDC, which later became operational in 2007. He had a successful
 career spanning both the public and private sectors having been a Fisheries Officer with the Fisheries Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Deputy Director at the Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) and an Entrepreneur in the seafood sector for over 18 years. He also had the distinction of being the first local to obtain a PHD in Marine Biology and the first local Director at the IMA. In his capacity as CEO of the SIDC, he was instrumental in providing support for the further development of the Aquaculture Sector in T&T.

Dr. Ramsaroop retired in 2014 from the SIDC and has been greatly missed since.  He was a friend and mentor to many.

On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the SIDC, we wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to his family during this difficult time.

SIDC launches its Indoor Marine Shrimp Farming Facility
For more information about the facility, please click on the following links:
SIDC participates in the CARIRI Fiery Food Competition

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Chairman of SIDC, Brian Baig on Wintv's morning show promoting SIDC's initiatives


Seafood Safety Awareness Programme for Fishing Communities
A Seafood Safety Awareness Session was delivered for the fishing communities of Bamboo, Blue River and Cunupia on Friday 1st May, 2015 at the Bamboo Masjid.

Seafood Safety Awareness

As part of the Capacity Building & Training component of Project 5-Zero within the North Coast Growth Pole, the SIDC has developed a Seafood Safety Awareness Programme for Fishing Communities. On Monday 23 March 2015 the first of which was delivered for the Maracas and Las Cuevas fishing communities.

Ministry of Food Production's launch of "TT Tilapia"



SIDC presents hampers as part of its Christmas 2014 Food Drive.

SIDC Board Members at the Claxton Bay Processing Plant observing the skilled staff filleting Tilapia.

SIDC Markets Tilapia

The Chairman of the Board of Directors speaks about the Seafood Initiative of the Seafood Industry Development Company Ltd. (SIDC) and the Promotion of the Tilapia Industry to encourage the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to enjoy in this local delicacy.

Measuring the success of the SIDC Tilapia Marketing Initiative!
Local Tilapia farmer shares his views on the SIDC's Tilapia Marketing Initiative.



31st July 2014: Countdown to the 3rd Annual FCFA Fishing Tournament begins!

The Felicity Charlieville Fishing Association (FCFA) will be hosting its 3rd Annual Fishing Tournament on Sunday 31st August 2014 under the distinguished patronage of His Worship Gopaul Boodhan, Mayor of Chaguanas. The national community is invited to participate in this event which will be focused on the Gulf of Paria via Cunupia River, Cacandee Road, Felicity. For more information and registration details, please visit us on Facebook or call 389-7413. You may also email us at here for full article...

Financial Empowerment Programme for Fishing Communities

Industry Development Officer, Omardath Maharaj, discusses SIDC's Financial Empowerment Programme for Fishing Communities on the TV6 Morning Edition.

aro, Ortoire and Guayaguayare Money Management Awareness Session
Mayaro Civic Centre
Sunday 20th July, 2014

Over 150 persons would have benefited from this intervention. For further information please contact Omardath Maharaj (683-1173) or follow us on Facebook.



  Financial Empowerment Programme for
Fishing Communities

La Fillete and Blanchisseuse Focus Group
Blanchisseuse Primary School
Sunday 27th July, 2014
Approximately fifty (50) persons representing the community participated in this event. 

The Seafood Industry Development Company Limited has supported aquaculture initiatives of the Ministry of Food Production in Tilapia Farming in a number of significant ways.

One major contribution is the importation of a good quality and reasonably-priced tilapia feed made available to tilapia farmers. This tilapia feed is regularly imported and stored at the SIDC’s compound in Charlieville in an air-conditioned insulated shipping container under strict bio-secure protocols. The pelleted tilapia ration is a high quality fish feed at significantly reduced costs compared to other feeds and comes in a variety of pellet sizes including 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm and above, as well as high protein powder and crumble rations. Crude protein content ranges from 45% to 32%. Tilapia farmers have been able to get fresh supplies of feed on demand.
(Click on thumbnails for exploded images of feed)


The SIDC as part of its Capacity Development Programme initiated a project, “Financial Literacy Programme for Fishing Communities” in collaboration with the Central Bank’s National Financial Literacy Programme. The first training session on Money Management was conducted for the Felicity/Charlieville and Blue River/Bamboo/Cunupia fishing communities on Sunday 23rd March, 2013 at the Central Regional Indoor Sport Arena.

The SIDC recognizes the importance of wealth creation in fishing communities as a means of socio-economic development for residents and supports the formation of sustainable and profitable community-based business enterprises (CBBEs) which will contribute towards employment opportunities, income generation and poverty reduction for stakeholders in fishing communities.
Below: Some photos taken at the Financial Literacy Programme for Fishing Communities held on Mar-23-2014




This ICE IT video, provides useful information on the proper handling, purchasing and storage of seafood. A must see for consumers, seafood vendors and the like. Contact our Quality Assurance Department for more information.

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Financial Empowerment Programme a Success in Mayaro!

Financial Literacy Programme for fishing communities has launched!

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