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Dorian blows thick blanket of sargassum along Anegada

Sargassum currently along the shore of Anegada.

A thick blanket of sargassum seaweed is currently resting along the shore of Anegada.

The seaweed washed up during Hurricane Dorian brought no major reported damage to the sister island.

Based on video footage sent to our news centre Thursday morning, the sargassum that has washed up spans for miles.

The seaweed appears to be especially saturated at the main dock on the sister island.

Representative of the Ninth District where Anegada is located, Vincent Wheatley, told BVI News that the sargassum is on the western side of the island.

A decision is yet to be made on how the seaweed will be cleared.

Sargassum, a brown foul-smelling seaweed, is a marine alga that originates from the Sargasso Sea, which is a region in the Gyre of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Though being the cause of a number of challenges throughout the BVI, experts have said sargassum on beaches or marinas will not be harmful unless they are exposed to the gasses for a prolonged period. This may result in eye irritation and potential of respiratory issues.

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  1. Come Correct says:

    The latest scientific research actually shows this is a new species of sargassum that is propagating in the Atlantic between the Caribbean and West Africa and it is believed to be the result of nutrient-rich (fertilizer) run-off from intensified commercial farming in the Amazon basin.
    The more the human population continues to consume the more problems like this will be caused. It’s not hard to figure out.

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    • Margo Rose says:

      Yes, I’ve read up on this. Lovely. :/

    • fatlokario says:

      Believed? I guess that makes it true in the fantasy world of non-scientist sheep and climate alarmists. What’s next, still believe in Mann’s hockey stick BS despite the recent court case where he refused to provide the data and R2 coefficients and consequently ordered to pay millions?

      Here are the facts, the evidence for nutrient enrichment is preliminary and based on limited available data. More research is required to accept (or reject) this hypothesis. Mind you, Sargassum only grows well when salinity is normal and surface temperatures are normal or cooler, which challenges said hypothesis and the idea of stronger hurricanes due to warmer waters.

      Please, retract your untruthful statement.

  2. Ken says:

    Good time to harvest this stuff and recycle it…

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  3. fatlokario says:

    Believed? I guess that makes it true in the fantasy world of non-scientist sheep and climate alarmists. What’s next, still believe in Mann’s hockey stick BS despite the recent court case where he refused to provide the data and R2 coefficients and consequently ordered to pay millions?

    Here are the facts, the evidence for nutrient enrichment is preliminary and based on limited available data. More research is required to accept (or reject) this hypothesis. Mind you, Sargassum only grows well when salinity is normal and surface temperatures are normal or cooler, which challenges said hypothesis and the idea of stronger hurricanes due to warmer waters.

    Please, retract your untruthful statement.

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