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Seaweed everywhere

LISA KING, [email protected]

Seaweed everywhere

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THE THICK BLANKET of sargassum seaweed washing ashore at Crane Beach, St Philip, recently voted Best Caribbean Beach in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Choice Awards, is a major concern.

So much so the management of Crane Barbados Beach Resort has purchased a seaweed boom to alleviate the problem. It is expected in the island in a few weeks.

Owner and managing director of the Crane, Paul Doyle, noted that in his more than 20-year association with the complex, he had never seen such large quantities of seaweed until 2011.

A visitor making his way through the seaweed to get to the water at Crane Beach.


The major challenge at the Crane, he said, was that unlike other beaches, it was inaccessible by heavy equipment, so the eight-man team hired to clean daily was being overwhelmed by the volume of weed washing ashore.

The Crane is providing guests with transportation to other beaches in the meantime. (LK)