Amid reports of significant sargassum influx on various stretches of Cayman Islands coastline, the Department of Environment’s sargassum task force has published a list of helpful hints to deal with an inundation of algae.
Let’s start with the basics:
Sargassum is a natural seaweed that floats in the ocean. It serves as an important habitat for sea turtles and other marine life.
While it’s only a problem when it comes ashore in massive amounts, the DOE says it’s not a localised issue, many countries in the region are seeing more than we are.
Scientists believe climate change may be one reason the influx appears to be worsening region-wide.
Removal of sargassum by mechanical is prohibited without a letter of approval from the DOE outlining any conditions to be followed.
Clearing of sargassum from turtle or booby nesting beaches also requires DOE consultation.