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.”

Digicel staff clean up Sargassum seaweed at Welches Beach, Christ Church
Digicel staff clean up Sargassum seaweed at Welches Beach, Christ Church

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.

Digicel staff after beach clean up at Welches Beach, Christ Church
Digicel staff after beach clean up at Welches Beach, Christ Church

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)

Source: Barbados Today

5 Responses to Digicel joins in Sargassum clean-up

  1. Sandie Blades
    Sandie Blades July 12, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    After the clean up what? It does not go away….the effort however is commendable

  2. Ricardo Sharon
    Ricardo Sharon July 12, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    so much for government

  3. Deals On Wheels
    Deals On Wheels July 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Man these product placements real stealthy yuh

  4. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair July 13, 2015 at 5:24 am

    This problem is not going to go away. It would be better to leave it and let the waves carry it back out to sea. It is unrealistic to think you can beat mother nature.

  5. Walter Prescod July 13, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Thanks Digicel staff for a job well done.


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