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Re: The Journey of the Sargassum [Re: Marty] #550793
06/12/21 12:08 PM
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Report from the Rivera Maya in Mexico (just to our north) – they have a color coded alert system and report removal in tons.

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As of June 9

An article out of Miami about the excess Nitrogen gas levels registered

Re: The Journey of the Sargassum [Re: Marty] #550802
06/13/21 05:39 AM
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The influx of Sargassum on Ambergris Caye blamed for the death of juvenile fish

The persistent inflow of the Sargassum seaweed is taking a toll on juvenile fish around Ambergris Caye. As a result, vast amounts of small to medium dead fish are floating around the mangroves on the lagoon side of the island. Some of the species observed included pufferfish, barracuda, bonefish, reef fish, and young snapper. Sargassum is the main suspect as it makes its way through the mangrove channels that snake along our island borders. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve (HCMR) personnel is aware of the situation and is testing water in the different areas where the Sargassum accumulates. According to them, the oxygen levels near the island’s eastern coast and the lagoon side are low. This is catastrophic for juvenile marine species that grow and develop in these shallow waters.

Large amounts of Sargassum consume oxygen, leaving fish gasping for air near the shore and, in this case, shallow mangrove areas. The most affected are juvenile fish near the coast and mangroves and return to the open sea once they have matured. HCMR agrees with the observation of islanders like Elito Arceo, who believe that the fishing industry may be impacted if more juvenile species continue to be affected. Arceo said that fewer fish would make it back to the open sea if nothing is done, resulting in the decline of fish and lobster populations. Therefore, it is essential to find a solution to decrease Sargassum beaching on the island. Residents on the island are advised not to consume these dead fish which can be tainted with harmful substances.

Click here to read the rest of the article in the San Pedro Sun

Re: The Journey of the Sargassum [Re: Marty] #550823
06/14/21 11:05 AM
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The SPTC Sanitation Department has been working tirelessly to keep up with the Sargassum issue. The entire team has been assigned to address the issue.

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Re: The Journey of the Sargassum [Re: Marty] #551058
06/24/21 10:28 AM
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The Sargassum amount in the Caribbean will likely increase continuously into the summer...

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No Good News For A Sargassum Free Summer

According to the USF Optical Oceanography Lab, the Abundance of sargassum recorded in May in the Caribbean Sea and West Central Atlantic has set a new historical record. It is expected that the amount of sargassum in the Caribbean Sea will continue to increase during summer leading to more beaching events.

Large amount of Sargassum was observed in CWA, i.e., the region east of the Lesser Antilles and in the entire Caribbean Sea. Moderate amount has been transported from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico (GoM), the Straits of Florida, and along the east coast of Florida following the Loop Current, Florida Current, and the Gulf Stream, respectively. On the other hand, significant beaching events may have occurred around most of the Caribbean nations and islands. Looking ahead, 2021 will be another major Sargassum year, and the Sargassum amount in the Caribbean will likely increase continuously into the summer, accompanied with more beaching events.

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Re: The Journey of the Sargassum [Re: Marty] #551967
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Sargassum Seaweed on Our Shores: When It's NOT Normal and What We Are Doing About It

Oceana: Read as this month's guest blogger, Rebecca Coutant of SanPedroScoop.com, shares all about the very real issue of sargassum in coastal areas and what's being done to combat it.

https://belize.oceana.org/blog/sarg...t-normal-and-what-we-are-doing-about-it#

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