SARTRAC identifies new transformational developmental opportunities that build resilience equitably, for the poorest people affected by mass algal blooms of sargassum seaweed in the tropical Atlantic basin.

Specifically, we identify drivers of sargassum landings, develop monitoring approaches that are transferable across regions within the basin, and identify adaptation opportunities and challenges generated through the management and re-use of the invasive Sargassum seaweed.

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Sargassum is worsening the conditions of the poorest people in Ghana

This blog post is provided by Dr Victoria Dominguez Almela1 & Dr Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah2 and tells the story learned during the SARTRAC fieldtrip to the remote coastal areas of Sanzule, Beyin and Esiama, Ghana. Sargassum, a type of brown seaweed, has been invading coastal areas across the Atlantic since 2011 and has become a major… Continue reading Sargassum is worsening the conditions of the poorest people in Ghana

Barbados – first port of call for westbound Sargassum, and where we finally meet Project Partners after two long years!

From the University of Southampton, SARTRAC investigator Prof Robert (Bob) Marsh and PhD student Yanna Fidai visited the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES) at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, over 24-31 March 2022. The Cave Hill campus is located in the northern suburbs of Bridgetown in… Continue reading Barbados – first port of call for westbound Sargassum, and where we finally meet Project Partners after two long years!

New SARTRAC Paper Published

Thierry Tonon at York, Mona Webber at UWI Mona, and Bob Marsh from Southampton with the help of their research teams, have published research on Sargassum harvested around Jamaica in 2020. They found that Sargassum fluitans were dominant in summer, but morphotype abundance may be seasonal. Seaweeds from the south and the north of Jamaica… Continue reading New SARTRAC Paper Published

New SARTRAC Team Member

We are all very happy to announce the arrival of our new Senior Research Assistant, Victoria Dominguez Almela, based at the University of Southampton. Vicky is an ecologist with research interests covering the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity and people. She has been working since 2017 on better understanding biological invasions as part of… Continue reading New SARTRAC Team Member

SARTRAC Scientific Sargassum Series – Risk Management Strategy for Sargassum Stranding in Jamaica and the Caribbean 15th December 2021 2pm (GMT)

with Dr Kerrine Senior, UWI – Mona Campus The second event of the SARTRAC Scientific Sargassum Series will be held on Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 2pm (GMT), 10am (AST). Registration link – Meeting Registration – Zoom Further details for this event are contained within the flyer below.