SARGASSUM CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN APPROVED
Written by George Grant on May 8, 2018
The Ministry of Climate Resilience working with the Ministry of Health will embark on a clean-up to rid the beaches of sargassum in Grenada and Carriacou.
Beaches such as Telescope, Soubise, Marquis and Hope in St. Andrews, La Sagesse in St. David, Windward and Mt. Pleasant in Carriacou are being severely impacted by the sargassum and residents are experiencing adverse impacts because of the noxious odour and general unsightliness.
The sargassum is coming from South America where the Orinoco, Amazon and other large rivers are bringing increased nutrients from land to sea, and the warmer nutrient-rich sea water is ideal for the sargassum to grow rapidly. The weed is then transported by waves up to the islands and washes up on the bays along the Atlantic shoreline.
Cabinet has approved an action plan for the Sargassum Clean Up which will take place from May 9, 2018 to June 8, 2018 in the first instance. The clean-up will be done in conjunction with private contractors in order to accelerate the process.
While many see the sargassum as waste, it has proven to be an asset in the area of agriculture. In Grenada, once rinsed with fresh water it is already being used as an organic fertilizer; and farmers are reporting excellent results especially with vegetables.
Farmers’ organizations will be engaged in the clean-up process to encourage farmers to use the sargassum which will be deposited at Pearls Airport, St. Andrews and Mt. Hartman, St. George for collection.
The Cabinet has also approved a Sargassum Task Force to oversee the clean-up campaign.