Castries, October 23 (Prensa Latina) The Commission of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), based here, announced today that the group is examining solutions to stem the harmful effects of the influx of sargassum into the region.
The association noted in a statement that these algae periodically invade the shores of the Caribbean Sea and negatively affect marine life, tourism and the livelihoods of those who depend on the blue economy.
The source said that to find a way to mitigate this environmental challenge, representatives of the OECS participated in a study trip in which the Swiss-based Paul Scherrer Institute and the algae production company AlgalTek participated.
The subregional partnership team was led by Ambassador Colin Murdoch from the OECD Mission in Geneva, as well as other members of the OECD Commission in Saint Lucia.
The communication indicated that the Paul Scherrer Institute is a leading research center in the natural and engineering sciences, while Algaltec specializes in obtaining algae and bioproducts, research, consulting and development.
“Participants had the opportunity to see some of the innovations in algae production and study different ways of processing each component of sargassum that can be adapted for different uses: pigments, proteins, lipids, minerals, microscopic cellulose, biofuels and bioplastics.” advertiser.
The OECD includes the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Anguilla, and the British Virgin Islands.
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