UK launches research proposal to help Caribbean countries deal with Sargassum

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The government of the United Kingdom has launched a call for research proposals on how to deal with the problem of the Sargassum seaweed across the region.

In the last few years, influxes of Sargassum has threatened the region’s marine ecosystems, economy, and public health.

The government of UK under Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in response to requests from Caribbean leaders, last week invited partners to submit proposals for up to ?300k (USD$374k) before October 10.

The research should advance commercial, scalable, safe solutions to process, sink or store.

A statement from the British High Commission in Bridgetown said “finding solutions to Sargassum influxes could be vital to the Caribbean’s sustainable development and climate resilience.”