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Dominican Republic: Algae barrier.

Tourist organization of the Dominican Republic are working on a comprehensive plan to restore tourism.

In particular, the Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic made an overview of all priority works to be performed for the early recovery of recreation and travel.

Tourism Minister David Koyado said that one of the global challenges for tourism in the country’s main resort area – Punta Cana – is the periodic invasion of Sargassum algae.

Note that after storms in the ocean, algae from the Sargasso Sea are sometimes thrown onto the Dominican Republic’s coast (mainly in summer). Currents bring them to the shores of the Dominican Republic.

It bears reminding that in the 2019/2020 season, 23 beaches of the Dominican Republic were awarded the Blue Flag certificate “for high standards achieved in the field of cleanliness, environmental protection, safety, quality of service and accessibility.”

Tourism Minister also noted that the seaweed Sargassum throws on the country’s beaches for about 15 years. It is impossible to predict their “invasion” harms the quality of vacation in Punta Cana and its neighboring regions.

It should be emphasized that hotels systematically fight algae – some double their efforts to clean the beach, others set so-called traps in the water.

Nevertheless, the Ministry of Tourism proposed a more radical solution. The state budget allocated about 52 thousand dollars. Still, about 52 thousand dollars of private funds are involved in resolving this problem. There is a plan of protection of the entire east coast of the Dominican Republic from algae – by installing special barriers to Sargassum.

To implement this plan, the government intends to attract an investment of about 12 million dollars.

Minister Coyado explained that the protection and restoration of Punta Cana’s beaches is a decisive factor for the development of international tourism in the Dominican Republic.

Just as important to say that at the current time, Ministry is ready to use about 500 thousand dollars from the special fund for the study of 35 beaches in the Dominican Republic.

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