The Seychelles’ Ministry of Environment has described as alarming the rate by which a new algae is spreading and threatening the island nation’s marine life, an issue the tourism industry is keeping a worried and wary eye on.
The algae confirmed as a species in the genus of hypnea, has never been recorded in the island nation.
The director general for Biodiversity Conservation and Management Division in the Ministry of Environment, Marie May Muzungaille, told SNA on Tuesday that sightings of these large mats of seaweed that washed onto beaches were first recorded in June this year.
“We had some records at Port Launay on the west coast of Mahe. However most of the issues have arisen on Praslin, Cote Dor area where there has been many sightings and complaints,” said Muzungaille.