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 told St Lucia News Online (SNO) that this issue was brought to her attention during a visit to the area recently. The buildup of seaweed started close to a month ago.
“I can tell you. I was there just this week and it is unbearable. I have interacted with the agencies. I’ve alerted them of the problem; I have spoken to the Micoud Village Council and have been advised by the clerk that they don’t have the resources to clean the bay, “she added.
Dr. Rigobert said she also spoke to public health officials, who indicated that they would need to ask their officers to visit the bay and then determine the mode of intervention. The UWP official said she also alerted Minister of Agriculture Mosses Jn Baptiste, who promised to look into the situation.
“I want the people in Micoud North and Praslin know I am very aware of the problem and I have been engaging the various government agencies, so as to bring some reprieve to them and to clean up the seaweed. I only have verbal commitments; I have no specific time when this could be addressed. I really wish it could be soon,” she explained.
On July 20, 2011, the Micoud Beach, Praslin Bay and Dennery Beach were affected by the seaweed deposits and the attendant stench also affected communities. Fishermen in the area were also impacted as they could not have taken their boats in or fish in the affected areas.
Changing currents and more powerful storms due to climate change are one possibility of the seaweed buildup, scientists have said. Another is rising ocean temperatures, and the resulting effects on the growth rates of different marine species.