The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens, tourists and all marine interests to be vigilant and exercise caution when on the nation’s beaches and venturing out to sea in light of reports of sargassum seaweed.
The ODPM says it has received reports that significant quantities of sargassum seaweed have been observed off the east-south-east coast of Trinidad, mainly in the Point Radix, Manzanilla and Mayaro areas.
Sargassum is a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses.
Sargassum seaweed has a strong odour and insects may be present.
However, sargassum seaweed does not sting or irritate skin, nor is the odour toxic.
The Ministry of Rural Development and Local Government and the impacted regional corporations say they are monitoring the situation and will issue advisories as necessary.