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Private sector wants national dialogue on Sargassum

The Chairman of the Barbados Private Sector Association (BPSA) Alex McDonald says there is need for a more unified approach to tackling the menacing Sargassum seaweed.

Following a meeting with private sector stakeholders yesterday, McDonald told Barbados TODAY the seaweed continued to impact a number of sectors, especially tourism, and he called on stakeholders to join forces in tackling the problem.

BPSA President Alex McDonald

BPSA President Alex McDonald

He said there was need to have “a more fulsome dialogue with all the agencies, [including] the hotels, tourism, coastal zone management and others, on how we are actually going to approach this very, very vexing issue”.

“An embracing of all the stakeholders in this would probably see a better result than each person doing their own thing,” suggested McDonald.

Last week, Chief Executive Officer of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) Sue Springer said the seaweed, which has developed into a major problem along the south and east coast in particular and is affecting visitors and locals alike, was now at the top of the association’s agenda.

She said the association was gravely concerned about the threat posed to the island’s tourism product. Therefore,  the BHTA would be working “tirelessly to find a solution”, while seeking help from regional industry partners.

Over the weekend, a Barbados TODAY team visited the popular Miami Beach, Christ Church, which has been overrun by seaweed. At the time Government workers were seen clearing the beaches.

A number of private individuals and groups have been assisting in the effort.

The BPSA is expected to meet again with members, at which time they are expected to put forward ideas that they believe “should be pursued”.


Photos of the sargassum seaweed pile-up on Miami Beach.


2 Responses to Private sector wants national dialogue on Sargassum

  1. Patrick Blackman July 8, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I think the re-emergence of Cuba should be at the top of the association’s agenda. Cuba already handles a significant portion of the canadian market and now things are begining to cool with the USA, they will surely take a lion share of that market as well. So may be you should focus on Cuba as this has long term implications. Unfortunately when this hits home, jobs will be gone and given the current behaviour of the unions, B’dos will be shutdown permanently.

  2. Cecil P July 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    I agree with u P.B. I was in BIM around this time last year and it’s too damn long .the Government of BIM should be looking into this seaweed problem from day one .if they can’t handle the job they should talk to any one out side of BIM who may have the experience in dealing with this kind of problem . they can help the country get rid of this seaweed .some one told me once all BIM have is Rum / Sand / and Beautiful beaches take away the beaches what do u have left hmmmmm from the north pole


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