MARIGOT: In its monitoring and forecasting bulletin for the stranding of pelagic sargassum for the northern islands released this Monday, September 26, 2022, Meteo France still maintains the risk of stranding of algae for St. Martin and St. Barthélemy to medium.
Concerning the forecasts for this last week of September, the detection of sargassum are still quite numerous if we refer to the satellite images of the 24th of this month. The seaweed extends up to 300 km to the east.
As of September 25, rafts were circulating east of St. Kitts and were reportedly approaching the southern shores of St. Martin and St. Barts. The eastern side of both islands should be spared due to surface currents that will deflect the Sargassum patches. For the trend of the next two weeks, given the quantity of sargassum present in the eastern Caribbean, strandings will still be regular for the Northern Islands but to a lesser extent.
Cancellation of the second edition of Sargassum Day
The second edition of Sargasses Day driven by the Collectif Anti-Sargasses has unfortunately been canceled at the last minute by the organizers. Scheduled for Saturday 24 September from 4pm to 7pm, the operation had to be rescheduled at a later date due to a too large volume of sargassum still present around the pier of Cul-de-Sac and after consultation with the Collectivité. On Friday, September 23, the company Janky was on site to continue the collection of seaweed with suitable equipment. The collective is committed to quickly reviewing the situation with the concerned services of the Collectivity and will soon communicate a new date for Sargasso Day.