Seaweed buildup in Micoud and Praslin Bay affecting fishermen

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Seaweed buildup in Micoud and Praslin Bay affecting fishermen
Dr. Rigobert (right) discussing the issue with a local fisherman.
Dr. Rigobert (right) discussing the issue with a local fisherman.

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.

Seaweed at Micoud Bay.

“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.

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  1. Good job Dr.Rigobert, it was about time our plight was brought to the attention of the authorities. Thank you for your Representation!

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    • The Caribbean Basin east of the island chain is littered with this flotsam. Those of us who travel will have noticed large areas with that on the water's surface. We will have to deal with this at a local level in the short- to medium-term.

      it is really nice to see Dr. Rigobert being very visible and vocal at both the national and constituency levels.

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  2. This has been happening from 2012. It is sargassum from the Sargasso Sea and some of the islands including Barbados are experiencing the same problem. Trucking it out is very costly. What they need to find out is whether the farmers can use it as compost or for some other use. The stench is the sulphur which it produces when it is rotting.

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  3. The very same people who call others leaches should take a look at themselves in the mirror because they might be owing people out there and running away from them. There are certain areas a backhoe cannot go...The hotel can afford...ouch!!! You are not affected by it so you can blow your trumpet as you want.

    No this is not the seaweed used to make seamoss.

    Ministry of Agriculture and Health should come together to assess this problem

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  4. I feel your pain Praslin. This is beyond coup de main. It needs investigation from the authorities as this may potentially be a health hazard. Please keep away from the water until a determination is made about the underlying cause.

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    • You have one of the wisest comments on here!
      I think it's dangerous for people to attempt a clean-up without knowing the underlying cause of this problem, and the health impact on humans/livestock. Someone mentioned of dark spots on houses, ceilings and jewelry. I hope that they're not referring to mould! All moulds pose a risk to respiratory health. Either way, the government should be taking this matter seriously and seek outside expertise if need be, to get to the bottom of this problem, for the health and safety of the citizens on the island.

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  5. Same thing is happening near Savannes Bay. It hasn' t gotten as bad as Praslin but it will if nothing is done. HELP!

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  6. Yes, why can't they just get together and get it cleaned up? Obviously fishing is a major part of their livelihood in those communities, so they are just going to sit by and starve waiting for the government's assistance?Sometimes I wonder what has come of my country; every social, economic and even natural disaster we blame the government for and every discomfort in our lives, we expect them to remedy. My toilet paper is almost out at home, I'll be sure to write to my constituency rep about this...how am I supposed to live like this? Lol

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    • Exactly. Leaching of taxpayers. With fish at $10 - $15 a point them bastards making more than enough money to be able to afford a clean up. Thats the problem with this welfare society.

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  7. Other Uses of Seaweeds
    http://www.fao.org/docrep/006/y4765e/y4765e0c.htm#TopOfPage

    May this will help?

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  8. All those calling for the community to do it shud first visit the disaster and then review their comments. This Thing is FAR WORSE THAN ANYONE OF U THINK

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    • I totally agree with you. The pic above does not show the extent of the problem...the accumulation of seaweed stretches out into the ocean in some areas. The ministry of agriculture needs to assess the problem and then work with the community members to help resolve it

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  9. The question is what is causing this seaweed build up?
    If the cause is not determined and dealt with, cleaning up will only work for a short time. The seaweed will just build up again.
    Can't the St. Lucia National Trust help?

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  10. I would like to commend our District Rep. for attempting to find a solution to this absolutely terrifying problem in Micoud. I describe it as terrifying because I fear for the health of residents. We cannot delay in arriving at a solution. We have arrived at a “can’t take it anymore” point. I am speaking as one who is directly faced (literally and figuratively) with the situation. I am receiving the FULL BRUNT of the fetid, nauseating odour! The other matter of concern is the BLACK DEPOSIT on walls, ceilings, jewellery… – a direct consequence of the whole phenomenon. I am EXTREMELY worried about this horrific state of affairs in Micoud. Maybe we need to have a community meeting to address the problem and seek solutions. Health personnel need to be invited to provide concrete evidence of their findings about the implications for the health of residents. We need IMMEDIATE action!!!

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  11. Who feels it knows it....You guys do not live in Praslin and you definitely would not know what it's like...Not even a Coup-De-Main can help that situation. The problem is much bigger than we think...out in the ocean is even worst, there is a build up out there too!!
    Proud Lucian....the shovels, rakes and barrows along with Rocket Science for all that seaweed to be buried is just a joke because you are just seeing a small picture of the seaweed at just one point in praslin. You need to come take a look yourself.

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    • Cas en bas has the same issue. The owner of the restaurant. cotton bay hotel hired a backhoe to clean it up. It can be done without government help. Thos damn leaches.

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  12. Come on ppl,let's make iy a community effort,don't wait for goverment all the time.Dr Rgeobet u should know better.SMH

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    • If town council have no money to do it and it is their responsibility to do it, how do you expect the Micoud people to use the little money they may have to clean it up. This may be beyond the community self help level. I too believe in self help.

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  13. yea boy...seems like that seaweed thing is an annual ting now...this thing has been occuring for a couple years now...i wonder how quickly d build-up occurs? i wonder if the fishermen came together from day one got some shovels and did some daily cleaning if it would have gotten to this point.

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  14. What about a koudmen? All it takes is the community with some rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows. Doesn't take rocket science! You can bury it after, it will decompose on its own.

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    • Exactly!!!
      Such activities have gone by the wayside because everyone is depending on a government who cannot even help themselves.
      A koudmen (not sure how it is spelt), will not only assist in cleaning up the area, but also bring the resident of the community together. I am definitely sure that the residents would be more than happy to assist.

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    • I love the fact everyone is talking about coup de mains. That is my home right there, how sweet Lucia use to be.But apart from that they also need to determine what is causing the problem in the first place.

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