Sargassum Seaweed causing problems for the Caribbean Region
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Photo Caption: Collage of seaweed affecting beaches in Newcastle, St. James Parish.
By: T. Chapman
Sea operators, hoteliers and frequent users of the beaches throughout the region have grown accustomed to the new norm of Sargassum Seaweed washing ashore. However, this year has been worse than in previous years and have left experts lost for words with regards to a proper explanation.
Barbados, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis and the rest of the region have their share of problems as beach front properties have been greatly affected, neighbouring villages has had to endure foul stenches and in some islands tourist have been relocated or left the island prematurely.
Iris Monnereau, a regional project coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Christ Church, Barbados is particularly worried about this year, noting that the blooms visible in satellite imagery dwarf those of previous years. According to her “You can’t solve the problem; you can’t put up a wall or anything,” she says. “It’s difficult to go forward.”
While In Antigua, the St. James club had to relocate guests due to the deteriorating circumstances. The government has since issued a statement saying they would buy two machines. While the situation isn’t as bad as Barbados and Antigua certainly it has to be addressed as urgently as possible before.