The Tobago House of Assembly says they are ready to deal with the return of Sargassum seaweed to Tobago’s shores. In a press release issued today, the Assembly said that the seaweed is engaging the attention of the Sargassum Management Committee. However, they also stated that “while significant amounts of seaweed were observed in nearshore areas,.. it is too early to make any pronouncement of possible interventions; however, we are ready.”

The following is a press release from the Tobago House of Assembly:

Whilst the nation continues to observe COVID-19 restrictions, the return of Sargassum Seaweed is engaging the attention of the Tobago House of Assembly’s Sargassum Management Committee. Based on an initial assessment, significant quantities of Sargassum were observed today in nearshore areas, particularly in Lambeau and Scarborough. Springtide is likely to facilitate the breakup, burying and transfer of the material. According to Howard Robin, Climate Change Specialist at Coastal Zone Management Unit (DIQE), Tobago stands ready to treat with Sargassum, as the Administration in collaboration with multiple stakeholders invested in the development of a Sargassum Management Plan. Robin said, “The expectation, based on the Sargassum Sub Regional Outlook Bulletin March 2020, is that Southern Caribbean islands would have a higher influx of Sargassum than normal from March to May. The situation is concerning, but it’s too early to make any pronouncement of possible interventions; however, we are ready.” The Management Committee will continue to monitor the entire Atlantic Coast inclusive of Hope Bay, Delaford Bay and King’s Bay and other affected areas, to respond appropriately if required. The public will be advised where necessary. xxx