Castries, Saint Lucia. September 25, 2015: The Dennery South Constituency Council has embarked upon an iniatitive to remove the troublesome Sargassum seaweed from the Dennery coastline. The exercise includes both the disposal and recycling of the seaweed.
Jerome Gideon-Chairman of the Dennery South Constituency Council Mr. Jerome Gideon said: “We started off by trying to remove as much of the Sargassum as we could on the beachfront, especially around the Seafood Fiesta area. We utilized a backhoe and excavator, and we dug holes and scraped the seaweed from the beachfront and buried it in the holes. We also had help from a gentleman named Johannes Leonce who came in with a truck and collected truckloads of the seaweed to use as fertilizer.“
Mr. Gideon says, however, that the community and potential partners that the council have tried to engage have been slow to show their support with the activity to rid the beach of the Sargassum.
Dennery Resident, Joseph Charles said: “The accumulation of the seaweed has caused a problem whereby when it rains and water gets under there, it rots and the seaweed stinks, and frankly the smell is unbearable. So what they are doing here is a measure to alleviate that.”
The chairman, Mr. Gideon made special mention of Mr. Valton and Mr. Brian of the Dennery South Constituency in recognition of their pro-bono support.
He says the council intends to continue this activity on a weekly basis to maintain the strides achieved.