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NEPA issues warning to those who remove seaweed from beaches

Published:Sunday | December 7, 2014 | 12:30 AM

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is appealing to persons engaged in the removal of seaweed that have washed up on sea shores across the island to ensure they minimize the amount of sand removed in the process.



NEPA says in cases where a significant amount of sand is removed, persons should return the sand to its beach of origin.



The warning comes as NEPA says it has been receiving reports from hotel operators, fishermen and residents in seaside communities of large amounts of seaweed being deposited by the sea along the north and south coasts.



The environmental agency says the brown seaweed is a type of Open Ocean algae called Sargassum, which is also being deposited on beach shores in the Eastern Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the state of Florida in the United States in recent months.



NEPA says the seaweed does not pose a threat to human health or the environment and that the recent occurrences are the natural result of current climatic conditions.



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