Sustainable solutions for Sargassum inundations in Turks & Caicos
University of Greenwich
Host Country Institutions:
Turks and Caicos Islands Government, The School for Field Studies, Centre for Marine Resource Studies, South Caicos, CIEEM UK Overseas Territories Special Interest Group
Turks and Caicos Islands
Sargassum drift on the beaches of Turks & Caicos is detrimental to the tourist-based economy. This investigation of the issue will involve students/citizen scientists in assessing the extent and composition of macroalgae on the shoreline contributing to finding a solution while promoting biodiversity/environmental awareness. The feasibility for exploiting the macroalgae, specifically the potential for anaerobic digestion for biogas and composting as an alternative to disposal as waste will be explored; this could reduce current dependence on oil as a fuel.