BDF Sargassum Seaweed Programme

Lieutenant Shímar Gollop | 19 JUN 2018
Photography Credit: Lieutenant Shímar Gollop

The Barbados Defence Force continues its partnered efforts in clearing the Sargassum seaweed plagued beaches of the island’s East and South Coasts.

On 7 June 2018, Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley declared the situation a national emergency and stressed the need to move the situation from one of crisis intervention to one which seized economic opportunities as soon as possible.

To date the Barbados Defence Force has coordinated national efforts and participated in the clearing tasks with several interagency partners including the Barbados Sea Turtle Project. Captain Ashton Caddle, the BDF’s liaison officer for the effort, has indicated that continuous action is required on several beaches including Bath, River Bay, Dover, Miami Beach, Turtle Beach, Welches, Rockley and Silver Sands.

Sargassum Seaweed, Christ Church – Miami Beach

Sargassum Seaweed, St Philip – Culpepper Island