Praslin residents struggling with seaweed problem

By Kingsley Emmanuel

(SNO) – The invasion of sargassum seaweed in Praslin, Micoud has created a myriad of problems in the community which have residents wondering what to do next.

The washing of dead fishes ashore, the noxious smell of seaweed, and the discoloring of coins, jewelries and some household items, are some of the problems residents have been enduring for many months now.

According to the concerned residents, the recent situation where fishes, lobsters and turtles are being trapped among the seaweed, exuding an unbearable stench has made life even more uncomfortable for them.

The residents have discussed the situation among themselves but are unable to come up with a solution for their problem.

“The situation is very bad and will get worse…,” Leniesen George, a fisherman, told this reporter.

He said they have to be pushing their boats a long way out at sea to get out of the seaweed, before turning their engines on.

Felicia Francis, one of the affected residents.

Felicia Francis, another resident, said they have been experiencing such a problem for several years now, but this year is the worst.

“The problem is very serious…” Francis said, showing this reporter a copper coin which turned black by the seaweed.

”Whenever it rains the smell gets worse…” Tresha Francis, another resident said, as she showed this reporter her silver ring which turned black.

She added that the stench makes her feel like vomiting.

According to another resident, one of the ways the problem can be controlled is by the community working together to clean the area, with help from the government, in terms of paying the cleaners.

She added that she pays residents of the community to clear her yard of the seaweed.

On several occasions in the past, the government has assisted the community by clearing the beach, but has not done so for some time now.

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13 comments

  1. Everyone is talking. Do you live in the area ? Do you smell that stench every day ? We the people of Praslin do try our best to clean the infestation of seaweed. Yes we can use for fertilizer, but how much of fertilizer does one needs. Every year we have to change our televisions, washer, fridge, computers, laptops and much more. How many of you can afford to do that ? Tell me ! As St.Lucians we should work together to get rid of these seaweeds. We can volunteer our time and energy and equipment to help all these areas that have this problem , one weekend at a time.

    (8)(0)
  2. Everyone is talking. Do you live in the area ? Do you smell that stench every day ? We the people of Praslin do try our best to clean the infestation of seaweed. Yes we can use for fertilizer, but how much of fertilizer does one needs. Every year we have to change our televisions, washer, fridge, computers, laptops and much more. How many of you can afford to do that ? Tell me ! As St.Lucians we should work together to get rid of these seaweeds. We can volunteer our time and energy and equipment to help all these areas that have this problem , one weekend at a time.

    (1)(0)
  3. Y don't you people just shut up . Try going and stay there for 2 days

    (1)(4)
  4. Government have to do everything...Even clean up you'll yard..Fish dieing,people die everyday..Let nature takes it coarse..Or Is it Global warming...Fish somewhere else.You worried about seaweed.I worried about crimes,rape,child molestation,security and justice.

    (2)(18)
    • I guess you have never travelled through the area and smelled it. Perhaps you should. Do you recommend that everyone moves?

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  5. Quit bitching!
    Grab a rake and shovel gather it up and turn the seaweed into fertilizer. Where there's will there's a way
    Lazy ass Niggers! Now go get to work Scoot!

    (8)(18)
    • Why don't you people shut the ...up . If you were the ones in their situation you would sing a different song stupid .... The seaweed comes when they are asleep by the time morning comes they can't move anything.

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  6. What are they talking about, praslin has had seaweed from the time I was a child and I'm forty years old, why are they complaining now. The seaweed has become a heritage site in praslin.

    (5)(11)
    • OH! Shut UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! Is that all you can come up with? praise god you are the only one.

      (9)(2)
    • Clearly not from micoud

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    • Wow, when something doesn't affect us then I guess it doesn't affect us. That issue wasn't "always" there, Praslin hasn't "always" been drinking and having people to replace televisions and fridges and computers like they change clothes. Why are they complaining now? Smh... Maybe you should move there and find out... The people in the East coast have been complaining for years now...they have tried removing the seaweed to no avail...it would ease up for a bit and come right back... Stop being insensitive just because the situation isn't your own...I'm just speculating here that you're not from the area cause of you were you e comment wouldn't stink like the Sargas...!

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      • I actually like the smell and prefer my coins to be black so dont act like your speaking for everyone.

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    • I guess you have never travelled through the area and smelled it. Perhaps you should. Do you recommend that everyone moves?

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