The financial burden of sargassum to Caribbean fisher folk


Sargassum in St Vincent. Photo: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour

By Daphne Ewing-Chow and Iris Monnereau

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The massive influx of sargassum seaweed to Caribbean waters, since 2011, has had a number of negative touch points on the fisheries value chain, resulting in a catastrophic hit to the livelihoods of Caribbean fisherfolk, particularly in the harvest sector. In spite of impressive demonstrations of adaptability and resilience by the fisheries sector, the impacts cannot be ignored, especially, given the role of fisheries in food security, employment, livelihoods and foreign exchange revenues.

These impacts were discussed on November 21-22, 2018, on the occasion of the second annual Sargassum…

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