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