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Seaweed infestation spreads to Soufriere

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Soufriere seashore.

Seaweed buildup remains a major concern for citizens across St. Lucia as another community is now faced with this problem.

Fishermen have reported that seaweed is now visible along the shorelines of Soufriere.

According to reports, the discovery was first made in the wee hours of this morning, September 24.

A number of other communities have been affected by the sea weed infestation in recent times. These communities include Dennery, Micoud, Praslin Bay, Cas En Bas Beach, Gros Islet and Mon Repos.

In addressing this issue, Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste told St Lucia News Online (SNO) in a previous interview that residents should not be overly alarmed by the issue.

The minister explained the situation as two-fold and listed a number of ways resident could deal with the issue.

He has advised resident to physically remove the material from the waterways so that it could be left to decompose and later used as manure for farming.

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.

Fishermen in affected areas are advised to exercise caution when heading out to sea.

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  1. Other islands in the Eastern Caribbean are experiencing a similar problem and that includes Grenada and Barbados. There is money to be made from seaweed. Check out the story of an industrious Bajan man who turned the seaweed problem into a profitable business venture.

  2. So Mr Minsiter you are telling people to use the seaweed as manure I assume you mean fertillzer...what happens when the crops are killed due to the salt content contained therein and the land is rendered usuable until the salt can be leached out of the soil?

  3. Don't cry... opportunity knocketh...

    or google
    Uses of Seaweed

  4. Hope the Minister of Agriculture will issue the same advice to the people of Soufriere that he gave to others who live elsewhere. Of course, come to think of it, he can use the available funds sourceed from NICE and the Foundation.


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