NASA spots millions of tons of sargassum in Caribbean

Last month, NASA’s satellites captured images which showed almost clear seas in the Western Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. However, photographs paint a completely different picture for the Eastern Caribbean, where a moderate amount of sargassum was recorded. Researchers believe the isolated batches could foreshadow what the Caribbean region should expect for the rest of 2020.

The bulletin continues, “In all [Caribbean] regions combined, the total sargassum amount increased from 1.6 million tons in February to [approximately] 4.3 million metric tons in March, similar to March 2015 (4.2 million tons) and March 2019 (4.7 million tons).”

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The crucial difference between 2019’s seaweed development and this year’s, is the location.

In 2019, the majority of sargassum in the area developed in the central and western Caribbean. However, this year the satellite images show the development in and around the lower Lesser Antilles.

“Looking ahead, the eastern Caribbean will see large amounts of sargassum in April to June 2020,” stated the bulletin.

USF states that Cayman and the wider western Caribbean can expect small to moderate amounts of sargassum leading into summer.

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