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Sep 7, 2018

G.O.B. to Address Sargassum Problem

The Sargassum problem affecting coastal communities is getting worse. Villagers in Placencia, Hopkins, Seine Bight and residents of San Pedro have been battling with the stench and toxins released into the air.  In 2015, a Sargassum Task Force was created to address the problem.  That task force is responsible for creating a national plan and looking at regional programs to adapt in order to successfully implement best practices as a way to lessen the negative effects. Today, Minister of Tourism, Manuel Heredia Junior, today weighed in on the Sargassum problem, saying that the matter is being addressed at a national level as it can cause devastating harm on Belize’s economy.

 

Manuel Heredia Jr.

Manuel Heredia Jr., Minister of Tourism

“I visited Placencia just Wednesday to take a firsthand look just to see what was happening. Director Bevans accompanied me on that mission and indeed it was terrible. Fortunately plan A they had volunteers from the community and the stakeholders working together to make sure that they can remove as much as possible. Second part of it will be is that they will be putting a curtain all the stretch of the area that has been affected. It is a little bit expensive but together I think we can accomplish that. San Pedro likewise individually hotels have started with this curtain. Grand Caribe was the first one and there are other hotels will be doing likewise but that is just diverting the Sargassum to another area, means to say that every individual area will have to use this curtain. In the meantime we are looking at different equipment that could be used. Tomorrow hopefully in San Pedro there is one that was locally made by Captain Sharks. We will take a look and see how it works and if that can alleviate some of the problems then that will be use across the country or there are other areas where now they are looking at alternative use of the materials but indeed it is a great concern. I think it is an emergency at this point.”

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