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Sargassum hitting Belize’s beaches hard!

Posted: Thursday, March 2, 2023. 2:11 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: “It’s really bad. We need all the help we can get,” the Placencia Village Council posted today to their Facebook page.

For the 9th соnѕесutіvе уеаr, іnfluхеѕ оf ѕаrgаѕѕum ѕеаwееd hаvе bеgun ріlіng uр оn bеасh frоntѕ іn mајоr tоurіѕt dеѕtіnаtіоnѕ іn Веlіzе.

The sargassum seaweed phenomenon began affecting the region back in 2011.

Beaches in Placencia аrе nоw соvеrеd wіth thе ѕеаwееd, whісh еmіtѕ а рutrіd оdоr whеn іt bеgіnѕ tо dесоmроѕе.

The Placencia community continues to organize clean-ups and businesses are encouraged to send teams of staff to volunteer to get the sargassum up on the beach.

The Placencia Village Council encourages the entire community to join efforts to clean the beaches.

Sargassum is also affecting San Pedro and the San Pedro Town Council has set up a sargassum barrier.

On Monday, the San Pedro Town Council noted that the barrier is working as designed.

“The plan is to allow nature to create converging areas where the sargassum can be picked up and taken away using low impact means. The beach is protected and the marine life has greater access to clear water. 

The sargassum situation is a lot bigger but the San Pedro Town Council is in full response mode. We will be implementing additional strategies to keep the sargassum in check,” the San Pedro Town Council noted.

The San Pedro Town Council noted that they were working with authorities to ensure that the sargassum barrier serves as a viable option for the emergency response plan.

 

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