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The San Pedro Town Council Reports: "Sargassum is everybody's business and it's back, again! The beach crew works diligently to keep it off the beach. They definitely need all the support from the wider community as the cleanup keeps going.

We have shifted to using carts in order to keep the large machinery off the beach. However, we will keep assessing the situation as the sargassum accumulates.

If anyone wishes to support the cleanup activities, contact us directly."

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The return of sargassum to the shores of Ambergris Caye is once again a challenge. One of the reasons speculated for the increase is the windier days. According to the National Meteorological Service of Belize, moderate easterly airflow exists, blowing the seaweed to shore. Recent studies by the University of South Florida Optical Oceanography Laboratory show that the overall sargassum quantity in the Atlantic Ocean doubled from December to January (8.7 million tons), again setting a record previously observed in January, noting 6.5 million tons in 2018. The report indicates this is the second consecutive month of doubling sargassum, previously observed only in 2018. All indications are that this biomass will continue to accumulate and migrate westward over the next several months, bringing more brown algae to countries with a Caribbean coast like Belize.

Beach hotels continue to keep their beachfront areas sargassum free. Despite the unwelcome seaweed washing ashore daily, tourism seems unfazed. However, it is becoming a costly issue for tourism stakeholders. San Pedro Town Council (SPTC) beach crews continue to work hard to keep the beaches free of the brown seaweed. To have less impact on the beaches, the SPTC no longer uses heavy machinery to clean them. Instead, they are using carts that cause less damage and decrease threats of erosion. SPTC says they need support from the wider community and can be reached at 226-2198 or at their offices on Barrier Reef Drive if anyone wants to assist with the removal.

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