Taking an in-depth look at issues impacting our Cayman Islands.
When Johanan Dujon began harvesting sargassum in Saint Lucia in 2014, he collected 1,500 pounds of the seaweed. This year, with his company Algas Organics, he is on track to harvest 1 million pounds.
Inspired by memories of his grandparents’ adobe house, a periodic place of refuge, Omar Vazquez developed a low-cost alternative to cement, using a substance that has invaded Caribbean shores in recent years – sargassum seaweed.
To protect the paradisiac image of Caribbean beaches, sargassum control has risen as another pillar of the region’s tourist industry – and in Mexico, securing sargassum-control contracts has become competitive.
The Cayman Islands ranks among the least ‘family friendly’ of the world’s richest countries when it comes to parental leave.
As a young mum with four kids, Melesia Adderley knows better than most the challenges of balancing career ambitions with family life.
A flexible schedule and the ability to work from home helped Melanie Thomas cope with the “crazy, but wonderful” demands of combining motherhood with...
Candice Czeremuszkin didn’t want to choose between having a family and a career, so she chose both.
As Caribbean economies reel from the impacts of multiple years of sargassum invasions, a new field of research has emerged to find out what is fueling the phenomenon. The Cayman Compass talked to scientists from Barbados to Florida as they track the sargassum back to the source.
It’s a hot summer day in Tulum, Mexico. The sun shines down on the white powder sand and tourists fill beach chairs along the...
Julio Batista Rodríguez Periodismo de Barrio In Guanahacabibes, at the western end of Cuba, the garbage and sargassum carried by the sea’s currents have changed the...
Sargassum invasions have affected more places than the Cayman Islands. From health concerns in Martinique to reports of a national emergency in Barbados and...
The onslaught of disastrous storms to hit the region in the last few years aligns with the hypothesis of climate scientists that warming oceans are likely to fuel more destructive hurricanes.
While the link between climate change and hurricane intensity is not yet ‘settled science’, weather experts say there is evidence that the phenomenon will lead to stronger, slower storms in future.
Infrastructure Minister Joey Hew sat down with the Cayman Compass to talk about government’s plans to deal with the sargassum threat.
A less-than-postcard-perfect vacation to the Caribbean in 2013 resulted in one of the region’s most utilised tools for monitoring seaweed conditions on popular tourist beaches.
Since 2011, periodic invasions of sargassum have been a feature of life in the Caribbean.
You smell it, before you see it. That pungent rotten-egg scent that carries on the sea breeze is the ﬁrst warning sign of an unwelcome visitor to Cayman’s shores.
For large parts of the summer, sections of shoreline from South Sound to East End were smothered with a mass of sargassum. The only distinguishable scent was the potent sulphur-tinged odour of rotting seaweed.