Manzanilla Beach Covered with Seaweed

For over a month now, the brown seaweed (Sargassum) has been washing up on the beach at Manzanilla and as far as the eye can see along the stretch, the entire area is covered with this marine flora. While it is not toxic, it has been posing a problem for the nesting leatherback turtles and their soon to be emerging hatchlings. The Manatee Conservation Trust and its partner, the Zoological Society of Trinidad and Tobago are working to clean the critical nesting habitat with crews operating daily. The turtles are making full use of the cleared areas and the MCT is using the seaweed as mulch and fertiliser for its coconut estate.

The two pictures below illustrate the problem and further information can be found on the flyer. Click here to view the flyer.


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