Jamaica to host Regional Sargassum Forum
In light of the influx of sargassum in the Caribbean region, Jamaica shall host a regional forum to facilitate collaboration to handle the matter. The forum, that is being spearheaded by the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM), will undoubtedly be held at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies, Tomorrow mona, July 26 friday.
The objective of the forum would be to share knowledge and practices since it relates to  best;sargassum, the sort which hails from the coast of Brazil specifically. The results from the forum will be to recognize gaps and foster synergies towards a remedy.
In highlighting the significance of finding effective answers to the sargassum issue, Minister Bartlett said, “Jamaica is taking the lead with this critical problem of preventing sargassum from negatively impacting our beaches that will ultimately, negatively impact our tourism.
We are increasingly being proactive because the onset of sargassum poses a genuine threat never to just Jamaica however the entire region that’s so heavily influenced by tourism.”
Sargassum is really a kind of brown seaweed and numerous species are distributed through the entire temperate and tropical oceans of the planet, where they inhabit shallow water and coral reefs. It causes a foul odor often, releasing fumes of sulfur compounds that rust metals, and damage modern conveniences.
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Some of the presenters who’ll maintain attendance are mechanical engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Precision Engineering Research Group; and noted researchers from the University of the West Indies and the GTRCM.
“I’m pleased that people will have a number of the brightest minds with this subject area who’ll take part in discussion on the possible avenues the spot can employ to avoid this threat from devastating our shores and collective tourism product,” added Minister Bartlett.
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