Last week, we took you to San Pedro where their shorelines were being swallowed by sargassum. But Ambergris isn't the only island dealing with the seaweed problem. Caye Caulker is also being swamped by sargassum, and though it's not as bad as San Pedro, it's worse than they've seen before. But they're not waiting for it to build up - the Council has already commenced this year's sargassum clean up. Courtney Menzies visited the island today and spoke with the chairlady. Here is that story.

The dreaded sargassum swarm and the stench that accompanies it has returned with a vengeance on Caye Caulker. According to the chairlady, the intensity has increased as every morning, the smelly seaweed swallows the shoreline.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker
"For sure this year we've seen that it's coming in earlier. We've also noticed that the volume which we're seeing is I think almost triple because last year we did not have these huge piles, we're literally moving truckloads from these different areas, two, three times a day so it's, can't compare, this is the most we've seen so far."

But these islanders are getting ahead of the problem. The Village Council is preparing for an EASTER influx of both tourists and Belizeans by starting their cleanup campaigns early - and even turning it into a family event.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker
"We've been trying different efforts because it's a lot more than what we've been accustomed to, we are fortunate enough that we have a beach raker which has been very efficient so we try to bring it out daily and that is what we've been using to clean the beach. We also have our guys on the beach raking and cleaning daily, we've moved them from doing other tasks and we're concentrating on the sargassum clean up. We've also initiated different sargassum clean up with different community members and we've seen that that has proven very effective, the team is telling us on the ground right now that that has been making their work load easier and we have better control so we're hoping we could continue having more sargassum beach clean ups over the coming weeks."

"What we've noticed is that the students, because we're getting a lot of student for community service hours, that they're having a good time, they bring their music, and it's kind of a bonding time so we're actually trying a new initiative in the near future, if not this week, next week, where we're having a sargassum clean up fun day where we'll be having music, we'll have some drinks and some food and we'll see if we're able to get that community spirit and also the family out to assist in cleaning up the sargassum."

But she says it's a painstaking and tedious task to tackle every year, and hopes that a long term sargassum solution is on the horizon.

Seleny Villanueva Pott, Chairlady, Caye Caulker
"I believe they will have to find something, it's not a choice that the government will have, I believe that it is something we will have to take on because tourism is one of income generator for Belize and we have to find a solution to the problem. I know BTB has been also assisting us with hiring workers to do clean ups so whatever initiative they bring, we're always grateful for the additional help because it really puts a toll on us local government."

The island's beach raker was currently being repaired, but will be used to speed up the cleaning tomorrow.

International media reports say that there is a 5,000-mile-wide seaweed bloom heading towards Florida's Gulf coast. It is so large, it can be seen from space - a portent of a very rough year ahead for sargassum on the beaches.

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