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.
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”.