Seaweed infestation causing economic losses – official

By Anthony Sammie, GIS

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Sargassum (seaweed)

GIS – Head of the Oceans Governance Unit at the OECS Commission, Dr. Asha Singh, said sargassum, the seaweed that has been washing up along the island’s eastern coast, has created some negative impact on the coastal shores of Saint Lucia.

The losses are largely economic.

“Hoteliers have to spend large amounts of money to clean the beach constantly,” she said. “We’re seeing fishermen who are saying their gear is being affected; and in Martinique, I was told that there is some impact to the aquaculture from the seaweed. It’s a growing problem and at the moment, there is no clear scientific link of ocean acidification to sargassum.”

Dr. Singh said the presence of the seaweed reveals significant changes in the environment.

“The take away message is that the climate is changing and we need to respond in a more holistic way. We need to ensure we reduce the impacts of acidification.

“Sargassum has always been with us, but now we are seeing a large prevalence of sargassm and it’s persisting for a longer time in the OECS region.”

Reports suggest that 2014/2015 saw the highest concentration of sargassum across the world.

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4 comments

  1. over fishing caused this. no fish to eat the sea weed.

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  2. Jacinta P Antoine

    I am convinced that this is extremely detrimental to one's health. Shouldn't we be perturbed by the noxious emissions from the seaweed? If there are black deposits in homes, it seems logical to conclude that our lungs in particular will be severely affected, especially in the long run. Has the Ministry of Health or other relevant authorities tested the air in areas close to the beach? I am pleading with the District Representative to summon residents of Micoud to an urgent meeting so that we could get ideas as to how to solve this problem.

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  3. THE BOOK OF REVELATION PREDICTS THAT CATACLYSMIC EVENTS WILL HAPPEN IN THE LAST DAYS.
    IS CLIMATE CHANGE THE BEGINNING OF MANKIND'S LAST DAYS ON EARTH?
    WHY SO MUCH SEAWEED,SO MANY FREAK WEATHER EVENTS,SO MANY UNUSUAL FISH KILLS AND WHALE/DOLPHIN BEACHINGS?
    ONE DAY WE HAVE FLOODING FROM TOO MUCH RAIN FOLLOWED BY SEVERAL WEEKS OF DROUGHT FROM LACK OF RAIN. IS MOTHER EARTH TELLING US SOMETHING?

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  4. We used to go to Lobster Pot regularly, not now, the seaweed is 3' thick on the beach

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