Prevention and clean-up of Sargassum in the Dutch Caribbean.
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Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
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In 2011, the shores of several Caribbean islands and West African countries were inundated by unprecedented quantities of pelagic sargassum. Since then, influxes of this golden-brown seaweed have become a recurrent event in both the Caribbean Sea and West Africa, with observers in these regions reporting levels reaching a critical high in 2018” (Hinds et al., 2016). Some piles of stranded sargassum towered several meters high on beaches, and affected bays were covered with dense floating clusters of the seaweed. Finding ways to clean-up sargassum from coastal ecosystems has become a priority for the region. The recent and likely recurring seaweed influxes have given rise to a number of socio-ecological and economic concerns, particularly in the hospitality and fisheries sectors, as well as threatening already fragile and often endangered coastal ecosystems such as mangroves and seagrass beds. The good news is that these negative effects do not seem to persist when the sargass.....
PublisherDutch Caribbean Nature Alliance
Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
Manual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
Spatial CoverageCaribbean Sea
CitationDutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (2019) Prevention and clean-up of Sargassum in the Dutch Caribbean. Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, 30pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-796