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Sargassum — the Brown Seaweed Invades the North

Image of Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline

Massive quantities of Sargassum, a distinctive brown seaweed, as of yesterday, flooded the shores of the island’s touristic beaches in the North setting off local concerns about economic impacts on the islands tourism sector as well as its ecosystems.

Image of Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline
Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline

“A strange phenomenon”, as described by one Reduit resident, who informed us that she had never seen such an occurrence in her twenty years of frequenting the Reduit Beach.

Image of Sargassum near hotel
Sargassum near hotel

Scores of locals scurried to the beach front to get a glance at the seaweed which floated from as far as the Sargasso Sea, in the North Atlantic.

Image of Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline
Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline

This, however isn’t the first time the island has experienced the Sargassum invasion. Initiatives to assist coastal communities that are most severely impacted by the influx of Sargassum along the coastline are ongoing.

Image of Sargassum along the shore from The Ramp
Sargassum along the shore from The Ramp

The affected districts include Praslin, Dennery, Micoud and Savannes.

Image of Sargassum in the water
Sargassum in the water
Image of Sargassum on Reduit Beach shoreline
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