Scientists say this algal bloom is one of the largest on record. The beaches in Martinique and Guadeloupe suffer from this recurring problem.
So what about the Caribbean region?
The Caribbean is no stranger to the effects of Sargassum seaweed. The influx of Sargassum will be moderate to severe over the next three months (mid-January to mid-April 2023).
A research institute says the Eastern Caribbean islands experienced mild conditions in the last quarter of 2022, except for an unexpected influx of Sargassum in late December over New Year’s Eve.
The level of arrival of sargassum should increase further in the coming weeks.
There are twice as many (204% more) visible Sargassum in the Atlantic than at the same time last year.
According to the January 2023 outlook, there will be a marked difference between the Eastern Caribbean islands in the amount of Sargassum they are likely to encounter over the next three months. The northern islands are seeing significantly more sargassum than usual, while the southern islands should remain clear.
The beaches and in Martinique are invaded by sargassum, foul-smelling brown algae
The turquoise waters of Martinique are tarnished by algae, sargassum. Every year, the Atlantic coast of the island is submerged. For the past few days, the seafront of La Trinité has been invaded. “Before, it came and went right away. Now, when it comes, it stays there..
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