The Department of Tourism and a group of Bodden Town volunteers collected tons of sargassum seaweed from beaches on Saturday.
The volunteers bagged more than 100 black garbage bags of seaweed at Coe Wood Public Beach.
Farmers also got in on the cleanup process, taking away the bags of seaweed to use as plant fertilizer.
“It was very exciting to see the individuals that turned out to assist,” said volunteer Jewel Hydes, who noted that not only were beachgoers and swimmers affected but fishermen as well, as their boat launching areas were covered in the seaweed.
“The volunteers worked very hard and made a significant impact last Saturday so that residents could bathe and not have to smell the odor of rotting seaweed. We want to keep the beaches as pristine as possible for locals and visitors,” she said.
Crossing the beach the following day, Ms. Hydes said the areas were still clean but she could already see more of the seaweed making its way to shore. The Bodden Town volunteers are planning to carry out another cleanup if necessary.
Sargussum seaweed has been inundating beaches around Cayman and other Caribbean islands for many weeks.