Tthe massive pile-up of seaweed at Hilton Beach over the weekend being scooped up by an excavator. (GP)
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TWELVE THOUSAND cubic metres and counting.
That’s how much Sargassum seaweed has been removed from Barbados’ beaches by the National Conservation Commission (NCC) between April and last week.
This was disclosed by NCC general manager Keith Neblett as he discussed the extent and severity of the Sargassum invasion of Barbados.
That amount of seaweed equates to about 172 stuffed 40-foot-long shipping containers.
Explaining the impact the weed could have, he said in some countries where it had also invaded, beaches actually had to be closed off.
“We would not want that in terms of our tourism product,” said Neblett, who praised hotels and volunteers for chipping in to repel the invader.
He called for more of that, saying it would greatly assist the teams from the NCC, Ministry of Transport and Works and the Drainage Unit who combined to counter-attack mostly on weekends, to support the daily efforts by NCC workers.
As for the collected seaweed, Neblett said it was being utilised by farmers, horticulturalists and plant nurseries to enrich their fields and incorporate into soil mixes. (SP)