The invasion of sargassum in our coastal communities continues to be a problem. We understand that the massive amount of sargassum is negatively impacting tourism, which these communities strive on. A two-day clean-up campaign is taking place in San Pedro Town in an effort to get the problem under control. Love News spoke with the Mayor of San Pedro Town, Daniel Guerrero, who said that the community is embracing this clean-up campaign.
Daniel Guerrero Mayor San Pedro: “We had organized the community clean up campaign due to the status of the Sargassum on our shores. It hasn’t really stopped from since 2017; it’s just constant. The thing is the bigger amounts yes started probably a little before June, we started getting big big chunks of Sargassum, massive you know piles and the thing is that we that depend on Tourism we have been watching it, observing, all this thing and today with technology there is a satellite, a website that can tell you on a daily basis how much Sargassum is coming towards us .The staff of different hotels are participating, a lot of the locals, a lot of the business community are participating.”
Guerrero said that the problem is caused by excessive use of fertilizer in agriculture and went on to share where the sargassum that shows up on their shores comes from.
Daniel Guerrero Mayor San Pedro: “Sargassum is coming from the South, it’s coming from the Brazil area and of course then we have the Central American countries that have rivers that would you know wash to the shores, I mean come out to the ocean and there is so much chemicals being used on these agricultural farms and things like that and the chemicals is what is coming down from the rivers to the ocean and that is what creating this thing. It is a big issue.”
Despite the fact that the problem seems colossal, the western Caribbean where Belize is located is only getting twenty percent of the problem. The eastern Caribbean is left to cope with the other eighty percent.