??Volunteers remove sargassum seaweed from Barclays Park in St. Andrews last Saturday.?? (J. Hall/BGIS)
Efforts by the Ministry of the Environment to remove sargassum seaweed from this island’s beaches will continue in earnest this week.
On Thursday, September 1, youth and school groups will take part in the clean-up of Dover Beach, Christ Church, starting at 10:00 a.m., while members of the public will assist in removing the seaweed from Silver Point Beach, Christ Church, on Saturday, September 3, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
In addition, the National Conservation Commission will carry out a major clean-up exercise on Sunday, September 4, at River Bay, St. Lucy, in order to provide relief to residents from the unpleasant smell caused by the presence of the sargassum seaweed. It will begin at 7:30 a.m.
Barbadians are once again being encouraged to participate in the clean-up and have been advised to wear the appropriate attire and footwear, and should walk with a pair of latex gloves, fan rake, face masks and hand sanitiser.
Scientists are currently trying to determine the cause of the phenomenon which is also affecting many other Caribbean islands.
Sargassum seaweed has washed ashore at such beaches as the Crane and Skeete’s Bay in St. Philip; River Bay, St. Lucy; Dover Beach, Christ Church;?? and Barclay’s Park in St . Andrew.