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Green Brigade sargasses
2015-09-28
Green Brigade sargasses
Green Brigade sargasses
At the initiative of Deputy Prefect Anne LAUBIES and the President of the Territorial Council of Saint Martin, Aline HANSON, a "green brigade", composed of twenty brigadiers, was set up and set up on Thursday XNUM Preservation of the littoral environments and the collection of brown algae, known as "sargas", which currently affect the coasts of Saint Martin.

The intervention schedules of this new brigade will be established by the Collective, according to the priorities identified throughout the territory; It is the sector of Cul de Sac, particularly affected by these strandings, which will be cleaned at first.

The Center Symphorien d'Insertion, an association in charge of the integration of disadvantaged groups, was chosen after a tender to supervise these crossing guards. They will be paid by the State (90% under the single contracts of insertion / contracts of access to the employment and 10% by the ADEME), and the ADEME will also finance their small equipment and their training to the trade Of sorting ambassador.

Rangers will be sensitized on the health aspects of their interventions by the ARS, and in particular on the measures of the H2S rate, thanks to detectors of which they will be equipped; The Natural Reserve of Saint Martin will provide information on the environmental protection of the environment.

The establishment of this brigade is accompanied by national measures adopted by the Government, with the creation of an exceptional emergency fund for the management of seaweed strandings in the Caribbean, with 2 M €, A call for projects launched by ADEME, with a view to finding coordinated, immediate and permanent solutions for the management of these algae.

At the same time, a protocol of solidarity between the State, ADEME and the Community of Saint Martin, by which the State and the community undertake to bring 100 000 €, is in the process of being signed; It will finance the investment and operating expenses incurred.

It is recalled that these algae are not toxic in themselves, but that once they are washed up on the beaches, they can release gas (H2S) during their decomposition. Sensitive people (asthmatics, respiratory insufficiency and children) should therefore not approach or manipulate algal piles. In the event that the presence of algae would make swimming impracticable, prohibition measures could be taken.


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