PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday 4th August 2015, the Board of East Coast Fishers and Consumers Cooperative hosted various stakeholders and experts at the Micoud Library.
The aim of this meeting was to discuss the ongoing influx of Sargassum along the coast, its impact on residents, livelihoods and marine ecosystems and to identify possible solutions.
The meeting was well attended and had representation from the East Coast Fishers and Consumers Cooperative, the Parliamentary Representative, National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), National Conservation Authority (NCA), Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA), Micoud North Constituency Council, Micoud Youth and Sports Council, People Empowering People (PEP), Fisher Folk, Consulting Marine Biologist, School Principals, Library Representatives, Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, Allgas Organics, the Micoud North Disaster Preparedness Committee and Community Members.
The President of the Cooperative gave an overview of the issue and the impact it was having on residents, particularly the fishers. This was followed by a short powerpoint presentation on the biology, source, ongoing research and potential uses of the Sargassum, as well as several possible solutions to curb deposits along the coast. After much discussion, several potential solutions were identified and a task force was established to develop a plan of action. This plan will then be presented to the wider community.
The task force will be conducting a site visit of the coastline on Thursday 6th August, 2015