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Caye Caulker Village Council cleaning up the sargassum off the beaches, in readiness for the Easter weekend

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Posted: Thursday, April 1, 2021. 3:58 pm CST.

Photo Credit: William George Ysaguirre

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Caye Caulker Village Council (CCVC) is today cleaning up the sargassum off the beaches, in readiness for Easter weekend.

The CCVC is using a machine specially designed to pick seaweed off the beach. The machine works at a much faster rate than if the sargassum is picked by individual workers. The seaweed machine strains out the water and sand, and then discharges to a wagon, pulled by another tractor.

CCVC foreman Jason “Tiger” Sutherland, an ex-footballer, said the clean-up crew is trying to clean up all accessible beaches but added that the machine can’t clean all areas along the waterfront because landowners have fenced off their beaches or erected sea walls,

The CCVC acquired the sargassum cleaning machine two years ago through the Sustainable Tourism Project.

 

Nick Baki Jr, proprietor of Axios Sun Coffee on the Front Street, prefers to do it old school, with a pitchfork. He said the sargassum is good for landfill at his house lot.

Baki is originally from Toledo district. He settled in Caye Caulker 15 years ago, built a home and raised a family. His eldest daughter has graduated high school on the island.

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