Sargassum influx events in the Eastern Caribbean are expected to be moderate to severe from now through April, according to the Sargassum Sub-regional Outlook Bulletin issued for January 2021.
Islands in the Eastern Caribbean saw mild sargassum influxes at the end of 2020. Observations from early this year show that there is 150% more visible sargassum in the Atlantic than this time last year. This observation is still below the sargassum levels seen in 2018, according to the bulletin.
The bulletin warns that cleanup operations could put additional strain on resources for tourism stakeholders; and that fisherfolk utilising waters on the eastern or Atlantic side are likely to encounter large sargassum mats.
Access the full bulletin from the Centre for Resource Management & Environmental Studies.