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It would take at least US$120 million and more than 100,000 people to clean up the Sargassum seaweed that has created “an international crisis” and “the greatest single threat” to the Caribbean, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles.

And he says the international community should step in to provide needed assistance.

The seaweed has been inundating several beaches across the Caribbean, completely covering the shore in some instances, prompting regional tourism officials to partner with the UWI on hosting a symposium to find solutions to the problem.

Mexico is among tourism destinations affected by the seaweed and authorities there are spending more than US$9 million and hiring 4,600 people to clean up the beaches on the country’s Caribbean coast.

Hilary said that using Mexico’s strategy, Caribbean countries would need more than 13 times that level of funding and 20 times the amount of manpower.
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