Sargassum Solution: A Case Study from Jamaica and Barbados
Sargassum Webinar: International Coastal Cleanup Day In order to better understand how we can effectively manage the influx of Sargassum, the National Environment & Planning Agency has partnered with a multidisciplinary team from the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
The team has been conducting research ranging from forecasting Sargassum landings, to the use of seaweed in soil conditioning and as fertilizer. Thus far, the results from use as compost on crops such as corn show promise. In addition, the research is investigating the extraction of potentially bioactive compounds and other valuable substances, as well as the seaweed's potential use in the generation of energy in bio-digesters.
In other parts of the Caribbean, Sargassum is used as animal feed, food for humans, cosmetics, the manufacture of take-away containers for food, and bricks for construction. Guest Presenters: Professor Mona Webber, Centre for Marine Sciences, The University of the West Indies Mr. Joshua Forte, CEO, Red Diamond Compost Presented by NEPA Jamaica
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