(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, 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.