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Jamaica warned of increase in Sargassum seaweed

June 11th, 2022

Jamaica’s National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning the country to be on the lookout for an increase in Sargassum seaweed over the next few months.

NEPA says the influx is now widely considered to be part of the ‘new normal’ facing the wider Caribbean.

It says several beaches in the parishes of St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas and St. Catherine are currently being heavily impacted by an influx of Sargassum.

Warmer ocean temperatures, as well as the availability of increased nutrients discharged from rivers, continue to contribute to the increase in Sargassum.

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