Reporting Site: Pelagic Sargassum in the Caribbean

During 2011, massive quantities of pelagic sargassum occurred throughout the Caribbean, impacting aquatic resources, fisheries, shorelines, waterways, and tourism. A similar event is occuring in 2014 and continues in 2015.

In the effort to better understand critical aspects of this phenomenon, this website serves as a data collection center to accommodate reports of large quantities of pelagic sargassum observed within the region during 2015. The website provides easy access for data entry and represents a service to those interested in contributing to the information database. Data provided to this site will be used by Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) scientists and colleagues throughout the region to identify the source and examine the movements and causes of this extraordinary event.

Your participation is essential to this work. Please use this form to report your observations. Thank you.

Area of Interest

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Examples of Sargassum Observations

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Sargassum weed line
Sargassum line offshore
photo by GCRL
Sargassum mat offshore
Sargassum mat offshore
photo by GCRL
Sargassum washed up on shore in Barbados
Sargassum
photo by Hazel Oxenford

Participating Agencies, Institutions, and Organizations

These institutions have submitted pelagic sargassum reports in 2014 or 2015:

Centro de Estudios Ambientales de Cienfuegos, Centro de Investigaciones de Biologia Marina - CIBIMA Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo - UASD, CERMES, UWI, Commercial diver, Coral Bay Community Council , CORALINA, Dalhousie University (retired), DEAL Martinique (Direction de l'Environnement, de l'Aménagement et du Logement), Fishing Pond Turtle Conservation Group, Fundación Amigos del Caracol , Fundacion Plenitud, GIZ (German Agency for International Cooperation, Grupo Jaragua, HJR Reefscaping, Home rental www.casonapalms.com, Huracan Diving Lodge , Ifremer, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, UNAM., Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. UNAM., Jobos Bay NERR, Mayan Beach Garden Hotel, Mustique Enviornment committee, National Environment and Planning Agency, Ocean Spirits Inc, (WIDECAST project), PADI, Parque Nacional Arrecife de Puerto Morelos (CONANP), Puerto Rico and Caribbean beach network, Red Hook Community Alliance, Research Triangle International, Research Triangle International - RTI, Save Our Sea Turtles (SOS) Tobago, SOS Tobago, St Eustatius National Parks Foundation STENAPA, St. Kitts Marriott Resort, STAR Program (Cal Poly's STEM Teacher and Researcher Program- http://www.starteacherresearcher.org/about.html), TMM Yacht Charters, Belize, university od pUerto rico marine sciences, University of São Paulo, USFWS, Victoria House Resort, San Pedro, Belize, Waitt Institute, Yellow Bird Hotel,

These institutions have submitted pelagic sargassum reports prior to 2014 or 2015:

-1', 1, aletcssb07, carpinteyrokcj, Centre de Recherches Halieutiques et Océanologiques du Bénin (CRHOB), commercial diver, CONANP, diver-fisher, Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program, ROFFS, St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (STENAPA), The Nature Conservancy, Virgin Islands National Park/Coral Reef National Monument,