Green-green. A threat to livelihoods in coastal communities in the Western Region

February 26, 2024 - In Sustainable Livelihood Publication

Green-green is anything but harmless—these algae blooms fill the sea with silky, cotton-like tufts of algae that tint the sea green and coat the beaches in a dense, verdant carpet. These algae blooms have periodically choked the coastline west of the Ankobra River since 1993, and reports suggest that they are becoming more frequent and longer lasting. The blooms prevent fishermen from fishing by clogging nets and discourage tourism by sullying beaches. Unfortunately, the cause of these events is poorly understood. Fishermen and others who rely on the sea for their livelihood are becoming increasingly desperate for answers and a solution to the algae blooms.

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