We need urgent action to help poor communities dependent on fisheries who are affected by Sargassum,”
says Dr. Philip-Neri Jayson-Quashigah, SARTRAC Research Fellow at the University of Ghana.
“Sargassum is really affecting livelihoods of poorer communities along the coast of Ghana. When there is an abundance of Sargasum, fishers have been prevented from fishing, or have found that they only bring back seaweed, not fish. This creates a really hard time for fishers who have no other livelihood options.
In the next couple of years, I am looking forward to documenting the impacts of Sargassum on Ghanaian communities, and to learn about how to develop a Sargassum early warning system for Ghana.”