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Call made for a Unified approach to alleviate the impact that the influx of Sargassum seaweed is having on Tobago

Orville London

THA Chief Secretary, Orville London

A call is made for a unified approach to alleviate the impact that the influx of Sargassum seaweed is having on Tobago.

Speyside on the Eastern Coast of the island has been hardest hit.

The Tobago House of Assembly hosted a public meeting at the Speyside Community Centre this week to address residents.

At the meeting, the THA provided an update on its response and sought feedback on the issues Speyside residents are facing as a result of the seaweed, as well as their concerns.

THA Chief Secretary, Orville London, empathized with the residents and businesses being affected by the the sea weed.

He said the Assembly would make no false promises to them that the problem will immediately solved, because of how unpredictable the development is.

Mr. London said the THA’s initial injection of $3 million will not be enough.

He adding that the Assembly Divisions and Departments have teamed up to ensure that as much resources as possible can be allocated to the clean-up efforts in affected areas.

Meanwhile , the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association is hoping that an efficient plan is developed in the region to address the invasion of the sargassum seaweed.

Association Chairman, Christopher James, speaking at a media briefing this week said several regional economies which depend on tourism as their main source of income have been affected the proliferation in the sea weed.

There are reports that the sea weed invasion has led to a number of cancellations of hotel bookings.

Mr James said the intervention of the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization is also critical in the process.