Support for the cleanup of Sargassum on St Lucia’s south-east coast beaches

By Department of Agriculture

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Sargassum (seaweed) on a St. Lucia beach.

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Fisheries, through the Climate Change Adaptation in the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) project, will be embarking on a series of initiatives to assist coastal communities that are most severely impacted by the influx of Sargassum along the coastline.

Therefore, the Department of Fisheries invites residents in the communities of Praslin, Dennery, Micoud and Savannes to community meetings to discuss proposed beach clean-ups and management plan for the Sargassum seaweed.

The schedule for the community meetings are as follows:

Dennery – March 6th (at the Dennery Primary School) at 5:30 pm

Micoud – March 7th (at the Micoud Secondary School) at 5:30 pm, and

Savannes – March 8th (at the Savannes Bay Fish Landing Site) at 3:00 pm

Praslin – March 12th (at the Praslin Community Centre) at 5:30 pm

Persons who own tractors, dump trucks, farmers, fishers, community groups, church and youth groups, environmental clubs, school clubs, business owners are asked to attend the meetings. All community residents are also invited.

The Department of Fisheries looks forward to the participation of everyone at these important community meetings.

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13 comments

  1. Yesss!!! Now is the time for the patriotic Saint Lucians who so eagerly flew 1 or sometimes 2 flags on their vehicles, purchased Saint Lucia branded clothing to step up and do what they can to assist in cleaning the beaches near them. Yes i know you have been waiting for a chance to acrually do something for your country! Lets see who really cares about the land that gave us birth. Get your shovels and rakes and lets get to it!

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  2. Hi, what beach has been affected? Do you think it will be cleared by May? And one final thing, is there anything I can do from the UK?

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  3. @ Angeli's. @ 0dd
    Please do some in depth research on the suggestion before you decide to shoot it down and weigh the solution against the solutions we are currently using.

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  4. Find a product that can be produced from this amazing seaweed and generate some very needed income for both citizens and the country. This can be used a drink, it can be used in seafood salads and sushi. Re-purpose it as fuel, and also as manure to use on farms. St. Lucia has such a great relationship with the Taiwanese, reach out to them and get some ideas. I'll bet you, had this problem landed on their beaches, they would find a way to generate some income from it. Let's think globally and get this to work in St. Lucia's favor. This is part of a climate problem, and will not be properly solved until the oceans current pattern changes with the tides.

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  5. that reach all marigot already e

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  6. Among the principal issues with the sargassum are that the sargassum affects lives on shore due to its accumulation affecting maritime transport and livelihoods and the rotting matter causing molestation to nasal passages. So why not explore solutions to keep the sargassum away from the shores in the first place. After all in the open ocean the sea weed is helpful for example for dolphin fishing and for feeding of other species. About the tangling of the seaweed in motors I’m sure our fishers can also be creative and, like fishers in Grenada, install shields around their propellers. There are plenty solutions all over our Caribbean that can be used. We need not remain cocooned on our little island rock and not good further. After all is this not what all those regional and international seminars and networking opportunities are about also?

    Why don’t we look down the Caribbean chain to Barbados or even up the chain to Hispanola where the use of sea weed barriers has been successfully executed in a sustainable manner that includes building the capacity of fishers in diving including certification (a lifetime lifestyle skill) for maintenance of the barriers.

    We have to look past short term solutions which are designed to secure public favour and long term votes and instead effect solutions which are long term and also impart lifetime skills and livelihoods to our peoples and their families.

    And about dealing with the material already on the shore, i trust that efforts will be made that there is minimal to no movement of heavy equipment on the beaches and also that there is minimal removal of sand and that rakes be used closer to the sand layer so that there is minimal sand removal.

    Here’s hoping good sense prevails here and in the cases of other matters critical to our sustainable development and the safeguarding of our patrimony.

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    • what you said is so true and this is why this Dujon guy from millet made this company and is using the seaweed as fertilizer and it works wonders.

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    • consider the impact those barriers will have on the marine life, turtles, medium - large fish. Will there be special illumination for those barriers for those travelling at night? The barriers cannot disturb recreational uses i.e Divers, Local fishers, Tours etc.

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    • LOL can you put barriers in these areas with the rough seas we always have. Especially from Dennery to Sandy beach! Emma when there is no bad weather go along the East to south east coastline and tell me which beach you can put a barrier. Thank you....

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    • Unfortunately, Barbados is experiencing the same problem with Sargassum, and is contemplating numerous solutions. Removing it and burning it was a preliminary solution for a time, but the persistence of the seaweed is overwhelming, and is having a financial impact on the economy - all this as Barbados is acclimating to a new government.

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