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ODPM CONFIRMS SIGHTING OF SARGASSUM SEAWEED IN THE MANZANILLA AND MAYARO AREAS

PUBLIC ADVISORY

Sunday 15th April, 2018 – 4:30 PM

 

ODPM CONFIRMS SIGHTING OF SARGASSUM SEAWEED

 IN THE MANZANILLA AND MAYARO AREAS

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management has received confirmed reports that significant quantities of Sargassum seaweed has been observed off the East-South-East coast of Trinidad, mainly in the Point Radix, Manzanilla and Mayaro areas.   

 

Sargassum is a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses. Sargassum seaweed has a strong odour and insects may be present. However, Sargassum seaweed does not sting or irritate skin, nor is the odour toxic.

 

Citizens, tourists and all marine interests are urged to be vigilant and exercise caution when on the nation’s beaches and venturing out to sea.

 

The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the impacted Regional Corporations are monitoring the situation and will issue advisories as necessary.

 

For further information please contact the Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government at 628 – 5187 and/or the Disaster Management Units of the respective Regional Corporation at the following hotline numbers:

 

Regional Corporation

 (Disaster Management Unit)

Hotline Numbers

Mayaro/Rio Claro Regional Corporation

800-4MRC (4672)

 

Sangre Grande Regional Corporation

800-SGRC (7472)

 

 

 

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ENDS

Issued by:

Public Information, Education and Community Outreach Unit

publicinfo.odpm@gmail.com

 

 

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