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

Mary Beth Sutton caribbeancleanwater at gmail.com
Mon Aug 22 12:00:52 EDT 2011

Sorry about sending a note and not including the picture link.  I posted it
on Facebook.  The smell is overwhelming and the baby fish are now dying in
the mangrove.  We are hoping that Irene will help the situation, but these
are fishermen who are very poor, have no way to move the Sargassum except
thru collecting it.  Any suggestions?
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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> Dr Jean-Philippe Maréchal, DSci
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Mary Beth H. Sutton
Executive Director
Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance

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