Prensa Latina reports that twelve Caribbean nations whose beaches are invaded by tons of sargassum seaweed have agreed to seek international economic support to fight a problem affecting at least nineteen nations.
The meeting, held in Quintana Roo, gathered Ministers of Environment and Tourism of 12 countries affected by the assault of sargassum seaweed on the Caribbean coastlines. It has been coordinated by Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, governor of Quintana Roo.
The statement also pointed out that during specialists and high-level officials meeting in Mexico, it was concluded that one of the ways to be supported is to request an amendment to the Cartagena Convention, to allow sargassum seaweed to be categorized as invasive. It was explained that the Cartagena de Indias Convention was signed in 1983 and is aimed at the Caribbean nations achieving a balance between development and protection of the marine environment, in addition to focusing on recognizing its economic, social and cultural value.
Currently, the convention provides international economic support to fight different problems, including the damage caused by oil spills in the Greater Caribbean region, for protected wild flora and fauna protection, and for the prevention and control of Marine pollution by land-based sources and activities.