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Seaweed clean-up

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Seaweed clean-up

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WHILE FOR some, sargassum – seaweed – might be a perfect ingredient for a variety of purposes, to hoteliers it might still be “a poison” for a country’s tourism product.

And it seems that workers from the National Conservation Commission (NCC) have a clean-up campaign on their hands following the sighting of the ubiquitous weed clinging to the shores of Barbados’ pristine beaches once again after making an appearance three years ago.

Crews from the NCC were busy clearing the piles of seaweed that settled along a portion of the Richie Haynes Boardwalk on the South Coast as well as Bath Beach on the East Coast yesterday.

The NCC workers said they started noticing the seaweed washing ashore from last week but it was in smaller amounts.

Acting Director of the Coastal Zone Management Unit, Dr Lorna Inniss, said the seaweed usually washed ashore during the summer months, noting it had always been that way. 

However, she added that it was only in 2011 that they saw excessive amounts. (LK)