The Sargassum seaweed plague is increasingly affecting coastal areas in the Caribbean region causing wide spread economic and ecologic damage. The tourist sector is hit hard and complete bays included corals and other sealife are destructed by layers of sinking and rotting seaweed.
The Response to this phenomenon requires a combination of expertise’s. First, to prevent the seaweed from arriving to the shores, an intelligent reconnaissance technology is needed for early identification of the off-shore Sargassum fields heading to the coast.
Secondly, specially designed vessels are needed for the harvesting and also for preprocessing of fresh Sargassum and for cleaning up Sargassum that have already sunk close to the shore and in the bays.
The next step is to turn the problem into an economic viable activity that contributes to the economy of the region. This is achieved by developing and testing scalable and economically viable valorization technologies like turning the seaweed into biogas.