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BVI government takes steps to deal with sargassum invasion
Published on November 5, 2015 Email To Friend    Print Version

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By Sheriece Smith

ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The government of the British Virgin Islands is working on the development of a comprehensive policy and implementation strategy to address the current influx and potential future influxes of sargassum seaweed.

Deputy premier and minister for natural resources and labour, Dr Kedrick Pickering, in a statement at the House of Assembly meeting on November 2, said government is also taking active balanced steps to recognise the challenges and minimise the impact of the sargussum seaweed, while maximising its benefits.

Pickering said the Conservation and Fisheries Department has collaborated with other government agencies and community organisations to execute the ongoing public education campaign and specific efforts, including a workshop, are being planned to provide the tourism sector with practical information for action.

Pickering said the department is monitoring and conducting surveillance of the coastline to determine the extent of sargassum landings and areas of priority and will continue its efforts to clean-up impacted coastal areas.

He added, “Where it is absolutely necessary and appropriate, the government is also coordinating clean-up efforts with the aid of heavy machinery. This has already happened for instance at Handsome Bay, Virgin Gorda.”

The deputy premier further stated that production of fertilizer from collected sargassum is currently being piloted by the department of agriculture.

He said a sensible response to the sargassum influx is not an attempt to completely rid the territory of the seaweed.

“This is not only impractical and financially unfeasible, but environmentally unsound as some level of sargassum is a natural and important part of a healthy, balanced environment,” he noted.

The minister encouraged community support, stating that the only way to rise to this challenge is through a true community response and partnership among the public, businesses and government.
 
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Comments:

Matthieu B.:

It doesn’t seem 2016 will be better :
- According to the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association : http://www.caribbeanhotelandtourism.com/News2016-Feb-20.php
- According to the South Florida University : http://fr.oyster.com/articles/51049-caribbean-seaweed-will-be-as-bad-as-last-year/
- According to St Maarten Nature Foundation : http://www.todaysxm.com/nature-foundation-warns-new-sargasso-weed-invasion-underway/


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