I do not know, but here is an article from Barbados that deals with using it as a fertilizer.i think i remember seaweed having the most calcium
Mike, in early May we saw tons of this floating all along the southern coast, they looked like huge brownish globs all bunched together. Several Dominicans who were hired to clean up our beach got itchy rashes from it.yes, it can be used as fertilizer, but the demand for such is just a very small fraction of what gets washed ashore since 4-5 years throughout the caribbean and the USA.
it is devastating for the tourism industry all around.
on it's prior "normal" amounts it is a very appreciated/necessary stabilizer for beaches, makes them stronger against the dangers of landloss to the ocean,
but the amounts grew the last years to quantities far beyond any use for it.
even taking it away from the beaches is at times impossible due the high amount washed ashore.
it damages corals, and when taken from the beaches by machines/tractors etc too much sand is also taken away with it on daily bases, destabilizing the beaches powers against the oceans sand robberies.
the new way is to keep it from reaching the shores in too high amounts, and let thru the naturally necessary amounts.
there are many studies and experiemnts on the theme since years, but scientists are still on the basics.
Thanks for that link dv8, from the photo I can see it's the same stuff that first appeared in late April early May. Disgusting stuff.DL today writes that people are asking danilo to intervene in the case of algae. Pide a Danilo intervenir en problema de algas en las playas - DiarioLibre.com
how? rake it with his wife's chicle dentures?
of course it is the same what you see on the southcoast, or the eastshores, or the north, or in Texas, Florida, any other island etc.Mike, in early May we saw tons of this floating all along the southern coast, they looked like huge brownish globs all bunched together. Several Dominicans who were hired to clean up our beach got itchy rashes from it.
Is this what you're seeing on the east coast? As XO mentioned, someone said it comes from the Sargasso Sea???
that's how it always was done with the unwanted parts, specially on the swimming beaches and along hotelareas. here the same as in the USA, just that most in DR did it by manual/Menlabour, but the same effects.No need to spend any money on a barrier, that won't work, and be an ecological disaster anyway.
I have seen the same situation on USA east coast beaches for decades.
In areas where it is a nusance, like public beaches, you see a tractor pulling a huge "Rake" down the beach at dawn, cleaning up the unwanted seaweed.
That would be an easy, cheap solution here as well.
There are a dozen things that can then nbe done with the "Weed"!
Until I saw the photo in the article dv8 posted, I wasn't sure. Where I grew up, seaweed was green and leafy and wrapped around your ankles. Those masses of brown were a first for me.of course it is the same what you see on the southcoast, or the eastshores, or the north, or in Texas, Florida, any other island etc.
it is what comes from the Sargasso Sea, thats where it has its name from.
it was always around, but not in the unusual amounts as it comes in since the last half decade, and frightenly rising amounts year by year.
nope, lol.Why are mechanical beach rakes not being used?
They are used on other islands.
Mechanical Rake Beach Cleaner Applications - Beach Cleaner Informational Resource
hahaWe have had friends and family vacation in the Punta Cana area this year and they say they think it is the worst they have seen. Their photos look just like Frank's only worse. They do say that the resorts were doing their best to keep up with it. I guess I have been lucky in the times we went. There were times there was "alittle" bit but not like the photos I have seen this year. Funny, we have friends near Toronto and every time close to their annual vacation they start asking "how is the weather" (I am sure Mike probably gets the same question many times) only this year they were asking how is the seagrass/seaweed.