Volume 71

Sargassum: From Horror to Hope  

Carla Daniel
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Date: November, 2018

Pages: 308-310

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: San Andres Island

Country: Colombia


The Sargassum events of 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2018 have triggered much consternation regionally about state, civil society and private sector capacities to cope and adapt. There has been concern, including among inter-governmental organisations, about long-term implications for the fisheries and tourism sectors especially, given that such events seem to be a ‘new normal’ due in part to climate change and variability. In response to the increased impacts from Sargassum influxes, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is working to improve resilience of the fisheries sector under the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector (CC4FISH) Project. This presentation will present the various way CC4FISH aims to work on improving knowledge and practical tools; current state and knowledge of the influxes of Sargassum and their origin, an improved Sargassum Management Plan template for the region, removal and users guide including best practices and lessons learned, best practices guide for fisherfolk and communication material. This can provide incentives for the Eastern Caribbean as well as for other countries in the Caribbean region.

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