Experts, stakeholders discuss influx of seaweed in Micoud North constituency

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Experts, stakeholders discuss influx of seaweed in Micoud North constituency
Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert discusses seaweed buildup with a Micoud resident. The buildup of seaweed in Micoud and Praslin Bay is not only causing discomfort to fishermen but is creating a bad stench that is unbearable for residents.
Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert discusses seaweed buildup with a Micoud resident. The buildup of seaweed in Micoud and Praslin Bay is not only causing discomfort to fishermen but is creating a bad stench that is unbearable for residents.
Opposition Leader and Micoud North representative Dr. Gale Rigobert (right) discusses seaweed buildup with a Micoud resident. The buildup of seaweed in Micoud and Praslin Bay is not only causing discomfort to fishermen but is creating a bad stench that is unbearable for residents.

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

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  1. Is the so called consultant fisheries biologist that trying to make political mileage, even after the constituency reject her already. Bear leh leh shabin.were was the fisheries department.

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  2. The oceans are dying from runaway planetary warming. Fish populations worldwide are depleted by 90%. Plankton, which is the source of the ocean's food chain and provides half of the oxygen we breath, are down over 50%. The warming oceans release poisonous gases such as methane and hydrogen sulfide from the sea floor. Hydrogen sulfide is the rotten egg smell coming from all the seaweed on the east coast. As these gases rise to the surface, they both acidify and deoxygenate the water, creating "dead zones" where no fish can live. The catastrophic collapse of earth's biosphere is being fueled by deliberate climate engineering programs which have been ongoing for decades.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXkVGxLmlAA

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  3. It is a pity that the district rep is trying to gain political mileage on the initiative of the Eastern Fishers.

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  4. It is a pity that this community issue is being treated by the District Rep.'s detractors into a political issue!

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