Centre d'Activités Régional pour le protocole relatif aux zones et à la vie sauvage Spécialement Protégées de la Grande Région Caraïbe
Caribbean Environment Program
DEAL Guadeloupe
United Nations Environment Programme
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Sargasses : un enjeu régional pour la Caraïbe

Brown algae, or Phaeophyceae, of Sargassum genus form dense populations constituting free floating rafts on the ocean surface. These Sargassum rafts have been observed for a long time in the northern Caribbean Basin and the Atlantic ocean, and their presence has notably given its name to the Sargasso Sea, located in the North Atlantic Ocean. However, since 2011, proliferation of Sargassum populations have been observed around the Caribbean region, including in locations where they were so far absent or extremely rare.