Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wide Sargasso Sea

The Observatoire du Milieu Marin Martiniquais (OMMM) in Martinique mentions that since May 2011 'huge amounts of pelagic sargassum have been piling up along the coast of Martinique and Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles'. Research by Fisheries & Oceans Canada in 2008 using ENVISAT MERIS imagery offers a tool for understanding the phenomenon. The full research article is, J. F. R. Gower & S. A. King (2011): Distribution of floating Sargassum in the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean mapped using MERIS, International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32:7, 1917-1929, and it may be downloaded as a preliminary Nature article. Thanks Bruce Potter, Shyma Pagad et Jean-Philippe Maréchal.

1 comment:

Kevin Mayall said...

A Sargasso Sea Alliance international conservation group was recently set up in Bermuda.