June 15, 2017 By Victoria Saffa
A thick carpet of smelly seaweed has re-appeared along Sussex beach, thus threatening tourism, marine life and fishing industries in the country.
This was not the first time the country is experiencing the smelly seaweed. Every summer, for the past years, there has been an influx of seaweed along the country’s beautiful beaches.
According to the General Manager of the National Tourist Board, the seaweed invasion was not good for the development of tourism in the country, especially at a time when the nation was experiencing an increasing boom in the sector.
He noted that the seaweed has the capacity to reduce the number of both local and international visitors to the beach, as it has a very bad smell with an unbearable stench around the entire community.
“The stench is a potential threat to keep tourists away and the deposit are affecting the fishing industry,” he said.
Kargbo called on the youth and other stakeholders in the tourism sector to join hands so that the entire beach would be cleared.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the National Tourist Board are currently working relentlessly to ensure that the beaches across the country are cleaned and safe.
According to Kargbo, they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with various MDAs and NGOs to establish a synergy in making Sierra Leone’s beaches the most outstanding in the World.
He also disclosed that they have located bins at some of the beaches, thus encouraging members of the public not to deposit trash on the white Sand Beach but rather make use of the modern recycle trash bin.