Sargassum inundation, anoxia and increased acidification
Sargassum inundation of recreational beaches has proved to become a persistent problem with a significant impact on the tourism industry and a challenge to entities managing the issue. In a previous news piece, CARICOOS reported evidence provided by satellite data that indicates it has also caused significant damage to mangroves and seagrasses. CARICOOS is also looking into a much less evident impact. As wind and waves bring massive quantities of Sargasso to the seaward edge of mangrove forests and reefs, it frequently becomes trapped there and starts being decomposed by bacteria.
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