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Sargassum: A New Cycle?

For the last couple years, St. Martin and the rest of the Eastern Caribbean have seen large amounts of sargassum coming ashore on our beaches during the summer. Will this be a new annual phenomenon? Or is it part of a larger cycle where the sargassum arrives for a few years, but then doesn’t come for years, or decades? Have there been periods like this in the past?

If it keeps happening, will it impact local wildlife? Perhaps it will provide more food for migrating birds, but it may also make it more difficult for sea turtles to nest on our eastern beaches.

This is one of the natural rhythms that will be discussed at my workshop Saturday as part of the St. Martin Book Fair. I don’t know all the answers, but that’s why it’s a workshop! Come by and teach me a thing or two:



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