Sargassum and Oil Spills Monitoring Pilot Project for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions Workshop, México D.F., México 2 – 4 May, 2018.
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In recent years, the Caribbean region has faced challenges from oil spills and an influx of floating sargassum seaweed. Large-scale oil spill incidents have included an April 2017 spill at Pointe-à-Pierre, Trinidad and Tobago and a July 2017 oil spill in Kingston Harbor, Jamaica. Illegal dumping of oil-contaminated waste by ships operating in the region is also a common occurrence. An increase in the frequency and volume of sargassum beachings and coastal overabundance has caused another challenge for the region with mats preventing the deployment and retrieval of fishing gear and clogging popular beaches, harbors and bays. Based on the amounts of Sargassum detected in the Central West Atlantic and the Caribbean and in January – April 2018, researchers at the University of South Florida (USF) predict high amounts of Sargassum in Caribbean in coming months. In response to these challenges, a meeting of 40 experts from 15 countries was held in May of this year to discuss sargassum and .....
Series;NrIOC Workshop Report;284
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Macroalgal canopy cover and composition
Best Practice TypeManual (incl. handbook, guide, cookbook etc)
Spatial CoverageCaribbean Sea
CitationSargassum and Oil Spills Monitoring Pilot Project for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions Workshop, Mexico DF, Mexico May 2 – 4, 2018. Paris, France, UNESCO, 45pp. (IOC Workshop Report, 284). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-863