Seaweed buildup could have negative effect on tourism sector

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Seaweed buildup could have negative effect on tourism sector


The buildup of seaweed along the shoreline in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet over the past week has raised concerns among individuals working in the hotel industry, as they believe if the issue continues, it could have a negative effect on the local tourism sector.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Donovan Amos Williams, told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview that while the buildup will have some impact on the industry, the ministries responsible have been closely knitted in putting measures in place to tackle the issue as it arises.

“Anything that has an impact on the sector is likely to be something that we would not want to see continue. So it is in our interest certainly as a sector to try to ensure that wherever arises, we can deal with it in a quick manner,” he added.

The permanent secretary noted that his ministry has been in touch with various hotels, stakeholders and the agriculture ministry to coordinate the removal of the seaweed.

Williams further explained that the Ministry of Tourism is also in constant dialogue with agencies responsible for monitoring the seaweed infestation and has not seen any major buildups so far.

“We have to keep consistently and constantly monitoring the situation and not allow any major buildup to occur where we could see no adverse impact occurring,” he told SNO.

One hotel owner in the Rodney Bay area, who requested anonymity, said the situation can have an adverse effect on the hotel industry, since the main attraction in that location is the beaches.

“It will affect our water sporting department a great lot,” an official from the hotel told SNO.

Over the past week, Rodney Bay has seen a series of seaweed buildup along its shores. However, the issue was quickly resolved and returned to normalcy.

St. Lucia in general has seen a series of seaweed build up over the past months. Affected areas includes: Dennery, Micoud, Praslin Bay, Cas En Bas Beach, Gros Islet, Mon Repos and Soufriere.

Residents and fishermen of these communities have both expressed concern about the buildup and the stench emanating from the decomposing seaweeds.

Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste, commenting on the issue in a previous interview with SNO, said the issue is not overly alarming and explained a number of ways to deal with the situation as it arises.

Other government officials had also expressed concern over the effects of a massive buildup of seaweed along Saint Lucia’s eastern shore, and have called on communities and agencies to band together to help rid the coast of the decaying mass.

While St. Lucia has seen an increase in sea weed infestations, the issue has been a widespread phenomenon throughout the Caribbean.

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  1. The oceans are dying as a result of climate engineering, also called geoengineering. Life on earth is in total meltdown, and we humans are currently in the 6th great Mass Extinction.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c34U0Pwz4_c

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  2. Ministry of fisheries/agriculture need to carry out an investigation to figure out why there are so many cases of these seaweed infestations around st Lucia and whether it can be used. they smell really bad when they rot (there must be some health/sea hazards associated with the infestations),it affects everyone who comes into close contact with them. Please don't ask me to clean or make use of them, i don't know the chemical composition of this type of seaweed, i am no expert .

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  3. Duh! Why did it take so darn long for our ignoramuses to get this realization? Just a rhetorical question.

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    • Harris you are so right. I was in St Lucia recently and I was asking what stink like that and the person told me was the sea weed. Well if I saw and smell it you mean they had not realized its a problem. A tourist wont come to St Lucia to go in dirty water, trust me they have dirty water in their country. That is very easy, clean uo and domp it. It may not stop it but it will minimize it. we always want things to go out of hand first. Dont forget St Lucia is being sold by word of mouth so be careful what we do as the tourist calls home before they leave and no one will go there if they know its dirty.

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  4. So what's the plan? We know its there . We have such a diverse set of people in the public servants whom are also well paid. Show you'll value .......

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    • True! This is a consequence of that.

      Lets also talk about the amount of plastics being used and thrown away too.

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  5. for years now, the community of praslin on the east coast have suffered tremendously from that seaweed build up, the stench emanating from that is soooooo unbearable.i didn't hear donavan williams complained or say he will do something about it or show some concern. that the buildup is up north n affecting the tourism industry, it is not fitting for the relevant authorities to do something. such Hippocrites. so the pple of praslin dont play an integral role in the tourism, so u all dont give a dam.

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  6. “Anything that has an impact on the sector is likely to be something that we would not want to see continue"
    Nothing wrong with the statement above but it seem that what is not good for the sector is good for Lucians. I recall when an appeal was made for the people of Praslin, Dennery and Micoud, some idiots told them, with no money in a broke ass country, to make a "Kudmein". I am guessing that the Hotel owners, with all their money, cannot make Kudmein.

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  7. Is this linked to climate change? The US just had one of the worst winters and now we're having the worst seaweed stink I ever experienced in SLU. Looks like it's all over check out this link.http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/2/seaweed-invasiongulf.html

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