NEPA examining ways of using Sargassum seaweed

by November 5th, 2018

The National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, is examining ways of using Sargassum, even as the seaweed is showing up on the island’s north and south coasts.

 

Recently, the large brown seaweed mass floated onto the shoreline in St. Mary.

 

It has already affected Welcome Beach in Clarendon, Helshire in St. Catherine, and the Lime Cay.

 

Beaches Coordinator at NEPA, Chalene Roye-Myrie, says the agency has started research into uses of Sargassum.

 

She says NEPA has been removing the seaweed, and providing equipment and funding to groups which have indicated they want to clean up the Sargassum.

 

Mrs. Roye-Myrie says permission has to be sought from NEPA to use heavy equipment to remove the seaweed.