[Coral-List] Sargassum fluitans proliferation in the Lesser Antilles

Mary Beth Sutton caribbeancleanwater at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 07:45:29 EDT 2011

This is a photo in a mangrove bay in Juancho, Dominican Republic.  Note,
too, the plastic trash, the bane of our existence there.  All currents from
Santo Domingo and west land along this point.  ugh.
The sargassum is really piling up and the smell is unbearable as it releases
its H2S.  It actually smells like a new volcanic area! The fishermen say now
the fish in the mangrove are dying.
Suggestions for the fishermen?
Mary Beth

Mary Beth Sutton
Caribbean SEA

On Tue, Aug 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM, OMMM Association <ommm at wanadoo.fr> wrote:

> Dear All
> In my questionning about the origin of the large mats of Sargassum algae
> in the Lesser Antilles, I am also wondering about invasive species,
> particularly the lionfish in our Caribbean region.
> Does anyone know about the potential dispersal of this species using
> mats of floating materials, particularly sargassum, as we know that many
> species develop under these rafts across the ocean?
> We have not been looking at the associated species of these mats at
> first, but it might be interesting to do a bit of work, or at least know
> about this potential way of introduction for new species.
> Thanks,
> Jean-Philippe
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Mary Beth H. Sutton
Executive Director
Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance

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