MOTTLEY: Sargassum seaweed could be as devastating to national economies as a Category 1 hurricane

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley believes that the waves of Sargassum seaweed heading toward Barbados and its neighbors could be as devastating to national economies as a strong tropical storm or a Category 1 hurricane.

That was the warning Prime Minister Mottley shared with her CARICOM colleagues at the 40th Heads of Government Conference now on in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

Ms. Mottley referred to an article in the Financial Times newspaper this week, which reported experts as saying there was a body of Sargassum seaweed the size of Jamaica heading toward the coast of Mexico.

She warns that such a threat heading into the Caribbean Sea would require an unprecedented level of cooperation among CARICOM states.

The Prime Minister noted that Barbados had started in a relatively small way testing how best it can harvest the Sargassum and use it for productive purposes, but the described scale at which it is coming is as mammoth and said she felt its impact could be devastating tourism, among other things.