Digicel joins in Sargassum clean-up
Staff of telecommunications company Digicel turned out at Welches Beach in Christ Church yesterday to contribute to efforts to clear the Sargassum seaweed that has invaded the island’s beaches.
“The seaweed is a major problem on many of our beaches, but is especially aggressive along this stretch, which needs to be cleaned daily as a result,” Digicel’s Marketing Manager Krystle Smith said.
“We wanted to do our part in assisting with the clean-up and protecting our beautiful beaches and so we contacted the National Conservation Commission and worked along with this on this initiative to ensure that our efforts were focused and in line with theirs.”
The NCC’s Senior Field Superintendent for the South, Pearson Hunt, praised Digicel’s efforts.
“This was a very good gesture on Digicel’s part and we really appreciate it. We need all the help we can get to tackle this Sargassum seaweed and I would like to encourage more companies, organisations and groups to come out, like Digicel, and assist wherever possible,” Hunt said.
The Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association recently described the seaweed as the latest threat to the island’s tourism product, which is affecting locals and visitors alike.
“This is not an individual’s challenge or a Government’s challenge. It is not a hotel’s challenge or the tourism sector’s challenge. This is a national challenge, “BHTA Chief Executive Officer Sue Springer said in a statement.
“We need to discuss this issue collectively and formulate a plan. Firstly we need to come up with a way to deal with the beaches already covered by the seaweed. Then identify the source of the seaweed and how it can be eliminated,” she added.
The Private Sector Association has also called for a more unified approach in tackling the seaweed invasion. (PR)