The north, north-east coast of Saint-Martin has been strongly impacted by Sargassum algae in recent weeks. For several days, the Collectivité of Saint-Martin has been continuing mechanical collection in the bay of Cul-de-Sac. Requests have also been launched for the cleaning of the other beaches affected by this scourge.
The Community service provider assigned to the Cul-de-Sac area has been at work since early July. The requisition of another company remunerated by the Collectivity made it possible to provide reinforcement with 3 additional machines in the Cul de Sac sector.
Requests are also in progress for the cleaning of the beach of Mont Vernon - North Orient Bay, as well as Lucas Bay.
The Collectivity is continuing its mechanical algae collection operations pending more efficient processes and the aid announced by the State.
Indeed, the Minister Delegate for the Ecological Transition, Emmanuelle Wargon, announced to the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 20, the launch of a second Sargassum Plan, by the end of this year, in Martinique and Guadeloupe. .
The Minister Delegate also declared that this scourge "constitutes a major health problem and harms tourism". There is no doubt that the northern islands will be an integral part of the state's emergency system, also being on the front line since 2011.
According to the Minister Delegate, "this Sargassum plan should make it possible to improve the collection and treatment before stranding, in particular with dams close to the coast, or even shredding at sea intended to make better use of the results of research and innovation projects. and to advance knowledge in the field of health ”.
According to the minister, it will also always be a question of “securing the rules for financing national solidarity in order to have more sustainable financing”. And to specify at the end of the intervention "that a local consultation will be launched from the beginning of September, with the local elected officials of the municipalities and territories located on the front line".
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