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[New Latin Sargassum, genus name, from sargasso.]
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(sɑːˈɡæsəm) or


(Plants) any floating brown seaweed of the genus Sargassum, such as gulfweed, of warm seas, having ribbon-like fronds containing air sacs
[C18: from New Latin; see sargasso]
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(sɑrˈgæs əm)

1. any seaweed of the genus Sargassum, widely distributed in the warmer waters of the globe.
Also called sargasso.
[1900–05; < New Latin; see sargasso]
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Noun1.sargassum - brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Seasargassum - brown algae with rounded bladders forming dense floating masses in tropical Atlantic waters as in the Sargasso Sea
brown algae - algae having the chlorophyll masked by brown and yellow pigments
genus Sargassum - a genus of protoctist
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I recently spent the day in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and witnessed mats of Sargassum seaweed coating the shoreline and waters adjacent to the beach.
'The focus of the interviews will be to highlight the successes of Jamaica's tourism industry; give an update on product development; and look at the work of the GTRCM, especially as it relates to the issue of sargassum,' the Ministry of Tourism said.
Hotel officials in Quintana Roo have said that an increase of Sargassum seaweed on its beaches is not the biggest problem the region faces.
Release date- 30072019 - Over the last month, massive quantities of the Sargassum seaweed have been washing up on the shores of Mexico, Florida in the US and some Caribbean islands, creating a serious environmental problem and causing havoc for the tourist industry.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, the leading all-inclusive resort brand with properties in the Caribbean and Spain, has announced the brand's Comprehensive Coastal Management Plan, implemented to re-establish the natural balance of local ecosystems in the areas which the brand operates, has resulted in a successful 95 percent reduction of the presence of sargassum on the beaches of its Mexico properties.
The Playa Mundo Maya is located on another side of the Yucatan Peninsula on the safe side of the Mexican Gulf, which is away from the sargassum path and the high-risk of the hurricane impact.
NASA satellites used by scientists at the University of South Florida&nbsp;in Saint Petersburg's College of Marine Science recently discovered the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world, dubbed the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB), which stretches from West Africa to the Gulf of Mexico.
Scientists led by the USF College of Marine Science used NASA satellite observations to discover the largest bloom of macroalgae in the world called the Great Atlantic Sargassum Belt (GASB), as reported in Science.
The plants Aegle marmelos, Cynodon dactylon, Lantana camara, Momordica charantia, Phyllanthus amarus and fucoidan extracted from Sargassum wightii showed antiviral activity against WSSV and immunostimulated Penaeus monodon (Balasubramanian et al., 2007; Immanuel et al., 2012).
It takes easterly winds to jam up the sargassum and it can start in 100 feet of water and extend beyond the Gulf Stream.