Lagoa and Tarifa unite in fight against invasive seaweed

Lagoa and Tarifa unite in fight against invasive seaweed

The Portuguese and Spanish Municipalities met to discuss findings and mitigation tactics.

The municipalities of Lagoa and Tarifa, in Spain, are working together to mitigate the negative impact of invasive marine alga Rugulopterix Okamurae on the tourism sector.

Due to its increasing appearance on Southern Portuguese and Spanish beaches, the copious amounts of the smelly brown macroalgae have caused significant losses in tourism activities.

In a statement, the Algarvean Municipality revealed that a delegation made up of Mayor Luís Encarnação, deputy-mayor Anabela Simão, councillor Mário Guerreiro and municipality personnel had been to Tarifa to observe the work carried out on the Spanish beaches, where the problem has been occurring since 2018.

The visit focused on a study and data collected by the Spanish municipality, the measures taken to mitigate the impact of the invasive species, and its fate following its collection on the beaches.

During the meeting, the Municipality of Lagoa also had the opportunity to share its experience and difficulties in dealing with the phenomenon over the last two years.

In addition to this first step, the partnership between both authorities aims to carry out a more complete and detailed study of the invasive species to be shared with other entities looking for a solution to the problem, such as the Portuguese Agency for Environment (APA), the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR), the University of the Algarve and all municipalities in the region.