UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited St. Lucia on Thursday to see first hand the devastating effects of the sargassum seaweed bloom on the island.
Guterres was joined by the island's Minister of Sustainable Development, Education and Gender Environmental, Gale Rigobert, and together they toured around the pier Praslin Bay and took some time to speak to local fishermen.
Explosions of... Еще sargassum seaweed have been ongoing since 2011.
The current seaweed bloom stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists have named it the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt.
Deforestation and fertiliser use are considered among the principal causes.
The seaweed has caused severe disruption to the Caribbean's tourist industry, washing up on beaches and releasing a gas that smells like rotten eggs.