BROOKLYN, NY – Jamaica’s stunning beaches, among some of the most beautiful and well-known in the world, is currently facing a potential threat of sargassum, a type of seaweed.
The seaweed, which has the potential to have major negative impacts on tourism, fisheries, and wildlife, could pose a long-term threat to the island. The Sargassum seaweed is forecasted to invade the Jamaican seashore within the next nine months.
To this end, the Jamaica-based Global Tourism and Crisis Management Centre are to collaborate with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct research on the potential threat that faced many beaches in Jamaica, and to a wider extent, the Caribbean.
“The Centre will be partnering with MIT, one of the leading research institutions out of the US to explore the best possible strategies that Jamaica and the Caribbean can implement to be proactive and prevent sargassum from populating our shores,” Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said.
Sargassum is a type of brown seaweed. Numerous species are distributed throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world, where they inhabit shallow water and coral reefs. The visual consequence is a dark-brown/black-ish color that overtakes the seashores.