Sargassum buildup benefits dune system

BY Sasha Heller

editor@portisabelsouthpadre.comSargassum - courtesy of Rob Nixon

The beaches of South Padre Island are currently inundated with an historic level of sargassum, or “gulfweed,” and while it may seem unsightly, the massive amount of seaweed actually nourishes the beaches and the ecosystem that inhabits it.

SPI Coastal Resources Manager Reuben Trevino on Tuesday explained the significance of the sargassum event and what it means to the Island.

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