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Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism to study negative effects of sargassum seaweed in Belize and Caribbean

The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), which is based in Belize has started a study to determine the negative effects that sargassum seaweed has had on Belize and the greater Caribbean.

The study, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), seeks to identify areas that are heavily affected by sargassum accumulation, the amount of sargassum that accumulates in these areas, the frequency of the accumulation and what kind of fish species and debris is found in the sargassum plies that accumulate on beach fronts.

According to the CRFM, the study will also entail “A review of the history and scope of the impacts (both positive and negative) will be conducted and the extent of financial losses quantified,” along with countermeasures taken by the national governments, regional organizations, research institutions, and other development partners and donors. The study will also suggest actions and scope of support that Japan may provide to help the countries address the problem.

The CRFM Secretariat is planning to hold consultations with key national stakeholders in the public and private sector, including interests in fisheries, tourism, and environment, as well as with coastal communities and other related sectors within the next few weeks.

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