sargassum/seaweed menace

Old Jul 29th 2019, 12:40 am
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The beaches of eastern Mexico are being overrun by this stuff, and the whole Caribbean tourism industry is under threat. Serious ting! This is our local paper's report.
https://www.caymancompass.com/2019/0...cation=picture
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Here we are a little fortunate in that the biggest tourist beaches are in west facing beaches that dont accumulate any of it, we do get some in the north and it gets caught in a few bays but this year seems ok so far for it [we are of course a long way south]

I was in miami a few weeks back, they have a lot, but bulldozers run up the miles of beaches every day and just plough it into the sand.

It is supposed to be a good fertiliser - why isnt making it into compost an industry, government should support that, and i bet there are eco green grants to be harvested from the rich countries? Sounds like a win win to me.
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Driving past the new 'boardwalk' on South Sound Road, you can smell the reek from the seaweed. People living at Vela etc...must be loving that! Thankfully I spend my time at Consuelo's beach (where there is some but very little) or Governor's beach. With talk of a new restaurant being built there, I'm pretty sure the honk of seaweed will detract from their overpriced tapas and imported beer.
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Update, for those interested...
https://caymannewsservice.com/2019/0...rch-sargassum/
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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow View Post
I am highly sceptical - as a former scientist myself - while their research will be well funded and great fun, [leading to field studies, caribbean lecture tours etc etc] and presumably in the pure research ergo untouchable results category - i doubt it will make 5 cents of difference to anything.

Just invest in hardware to pick/move it, rot it down and grow better veg!

I have read that after rotting it can be dumped at sea off the shelf also - then it sinks and feeds life there.
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Global warming? It's happening all over the region. And I guess being so close to the Sargasso Sea doesn't help things either.

The plus side is sargassum is used in cookery, so it could have some benefits.....
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