Cocal estate using seaweed as fertiliser

Mounds of Sargassum seaweed which has been washing up on the eastern coastline causing distress to fishermen, sea bathers and others are now being used as fertiliser in the Cocal Estate in Manzanilla by President of the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, Guptee Lutchmedial.

Lutchmedial told Newsday when the large deposits of seaweed started becoming a source of concern, he together with ten employees of the Manatee Conservation Trust, located at the Cocal Estate began using a special type of equipment to scrape the shoreline, and have been using the seaweed around the coconut trees in the Cocal Estate to rot and become fertiliser.

He said that he is also exploring whether the fresh seaweed could be fed to some of the cattle. Lutchmedial said: "We are using nature’s gift to our advantage, and trying to benefit the environment."

Click here to read the full story which appeared in the Newsday on Sunday May 10th, 2015 


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