Crane Beach has long been recognised as among the top beaches in the world – most recently named by USA Today’s 10Best Readers Choice 2015 as the “Best Beach in the Caribbean”. However, this iconic Barbadian landmark was recently been challenged by the invasive Sargassum seaweed that has been affecting beaches in Barbados and the region.
In response to the challenge, The Crane Resort has completed the installation of a custom designed boom, created specifically to prevent seaweed from washing up on to Crane Beach.
Speaking on this pioneering move, The Crane’s Owner and Managing Director Paul Doyle said, “We know that our guests, owners and Barbadians love Crane Beach. It is unique in the world for the quality of its sand, the turquoise water and the gentle waves. We created a customized solution, in a beautiful sea blue colour, that will allow them to enjoy a pristine beach even in times when seaweed is present.”
About Sargassum Seaweed
While by no means a new phenomenon, the recent surge in Sargassum seaweed has the potential to impact the island’s fragile eco-system. Acting Deputy Director of Barbados’ Coastal Zone Management Unit, Fabian Hinds explained, “A small amount of seasonal seaweed that comes ashore from the Sargasso Sea is a natural part of life in the Caribbean. However, in relatively recent times we have experienced an increase in growth due to an imbalance of nutrients and increasing ocean temperatures. Long-term mechanical removal has the potential to impact the health of our beaches. We therefore see the Crane boom as an important pilot project in which a private entity is working to intercept the seaweed before it reaches our shores, so we can maintain the island’s natural beauty.
How it works
The innnovative boom floats one meter below the surface – enough to stop the seaweed without disrupting marine life. It is expected the boom will positively impact neighbouring beaches as well, including Foul Bay to the South.
With Crane Beach now beautifully restored, guests can easily access one of the world’s best beaches by glass elevator and enjoy tropical cocktails and light grilled meals at The Grove Bar & Grill as well as complimentary umbrellas, lounge chairs and beach service.