Sargassum, Sierra Leone

Hundreds of tonnes of Sargassum are either buried or partially buried in sand along the beaches of Freetown peninsula, especially along Lumley area in Aberdeen. The algae is rotting producing hydrogen sulphide gas and a smelly organic ooze that continues to run down to the water line. More weed is arriving sporadically. One wonders what the local effects of this organic enrichment are on the marine ecosystem.

Rotting Sargassum


Organic ooze


The weed certainly does not help the look of the beach, as it traps the huge quantities of garbage that wash into the sea throughout Freetown and beyond, due to there being no waste management systems in the country by enlarge.
Garbage trapped in the weed