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DOE sargassum task force gives tips for dealing with algae inundation

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.

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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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