Sargassum represents both a threat and an opportunity for Caribbean states”notes Dr Janice Cumberbatch, Lecturer in CERMES at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, in Barbados.
“When Sargassum first arrived in the Caribbean, we were very concerned about its impact, especially on tourism and fisheries. But now we have started to see entrepreneurs developing innovative products from Sargassum, such as fertilisers, pharmaceuticals, and biogas. Here we see an ecological risk that is being turned into an opportunity.
Over the next couple of years, I look forward to sharing the findings from the project with our stakeholders. I see myself translating my colleagues’ technical findings into something that other people understand and relate to, at a diversity of levels, from communities to regional policymakers.”