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South winds bring blanket of sargassum to Cayman’s shores

Strong winds out of the south have brought with them an influx of sargassum seaweed to Grand Cayman’s south coast.

A thick layer of sargassum is blanketed the beach along South Sound Tuesday.

Department of Environment Deputy Director Tim Austin shared some of the DOE’s guidelines for sargassum removal.

“The best thing to do is to wait until conditions return to normal, i.e., the wind and the weather goes away, and then assess what you’ve got and try to clean it manually – rakes are the best way – but obviously if it’s a large amount of sargassum, you’re going to have to use heavy equipment,” said Mr. Austin.

He told Cayman 27 removing sargassum with rakes does not require DOE permission. However, removing it with machinery cannot be undertaken without DOE consultation.

Additionally, extra care should be taken with sargassum removal during turtle nesting season.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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