[Sierra Leone] Sierra Leone’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is to host a regional conference on the disturbing phenomenon of seaweed which has taken over prestine beaches and affected tourism in West Africa.
Participants from about eight countries in Africa are expected in Freetown for the conference that will also bring together government officials to discuss the seaweeds, a spokesman for the EPA, Abdul Conteh, said here Tuesday.
Conteh was quoted by the daily Satellite newspaper as saying that experts from various research institutions in the region will share information on how to build knowledge on finding solution to the phenomenon.
A number contentious explanations have been forwarded for the situation that has left beaches a no-go-area because of the odour coming from the weeds.
Fishermen have also complained of reduction in catches caused by the death of fish attributed to the weeds.
While some people blame mining companies for the situation, others attribute it to the effect of climate change.
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