World Sargassum seaweed is back on the beaches

Sargassum seaweed is back on the beaches

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Banks of Sargassum algae in Porte d’Enfer bay, in Anse-Bertrand (Guadeloupe) in March 2019. – Sélène Agapé / 20 Minutes

Since the weekend of April 17 and 18, Guadeloupe has been facing the return of the Sargassum. These toxic brown algae are very feared by the West Indians, and in particular by fishermen, reports Paris Match this Friday.

These have already covered some beaches on the island. “We have to go inside, it gives us some allergic reactions in the legs”, testifies a young fisherman, interviewed by FranceInfo. “It will prevent us from sailing, the Sargassum will get stuck in our daggerboards, our fins. “

A collection system to limit odors

Other groundings from the Atlantic should be observed in the coming weeks, according to the Department of the Environment, Planning and Housing of Guadeloupe. Clusters of toxic and pestilential algae also appeared in Martinique a few days ago.

To deal with this algae invasion, a collection system was set up using a boat nicknamed the Sargator, reports FranceInfo. If the Sargassum is stagnant, then it emits a foul odor that could be difficult for locals to bear in the long run.



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