Sargasso algae has grown wildly in many parts of the Caribbean Sea, causing environmental degradation and fish death. Some places have suspended travel and even issued health warnings.
According to the Associated Press report on the 3rd, more than 24 million tons of sargassum floated in the Atlantic Ocean in June this year, which is higher than the record set in 2018. 20% more level. Masses of sargassum drift into the Caribbean Sea.
Information map of a tourist diving in the Caribbean Sea. Photo source: Xinhua News Agency
Pinel Island is an uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea, which is very popular among tourists. The turquoise waters there have turned a brownish yellow due to the sargassum blooms. Local ferry services are suspended, and activities such as snorkeling and kayaking cannot be carried out.
The French island of Guadeloupe is located in the eastern Caribbean Sea. In late July, a local health warning was issued to remind residents to be alert to the foul-smelling gas produced by the decay of Sargasso algae, which can induce asthma and other respiratory diseases.
A flood of sargassum kills thousands of fish in the waters of French Martinique. Turtle conservationists worry that the turtles will become entangled in the sargassum and die in the sea, or that the sand is too swarmed with seaweed to dig holes to lay eggs.
The Caribbean Environment Programme, set up by the United Nations Environment Programme, said multiple factors could contribute to the flooding of sargassum, including rising sea temperatures and the release of rich deposits into the sea. Too much nitrogenous fertilizers and pollutants provide rich nutrients for the growth of Sargasso.
Source: Xinhua News Agency
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