SARTRAC PROJECT UPDATE #05 – MGI & SargSnap Project Team in Ghana

The Mona Geoinformatics Institute (MGI) MGI continues transformational work under SARTRAC by participating in the SargSnap! initiative to conduct Sargassum monitoring in Ghana.

MGI’s Act. Director Dr. Ava Maxam with Prof Kwasi Appeaning Addo of the University of Ghana, both part of the SargSnap! team in Ghana, documenting impacts of sargassum on local residents in Beyin, Ghana

The MGI team along with researchers from the University of Southampton (UK), University of Ghana and Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency travelled to the Western region of Ghana, in January 2023, to share our knowledge on the causes and biology of sargassum, as well as possible management and usage opportunities. The team shared their learning from similar sargassum experiences in Jamaica, and presented our work on the Jamaica Sargassum Early Advisory System (JSEAS).

MGI’s Act. Director, Dr. Ava Maxam, part of the SargSnap! team in Ghana documenting impacts of sargassum on local school children in Esiama, Ghana

SARTRAC is a 3-year programme of research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) that is being delivered through collaboration among the University of Southampton (UoS as lead), Mona Geoinformatics Institute, Centre for Marine Sciences (MGI and CMS of UWI-Mona), the Centre for Resource Management and Environmental Studies (CERMES of UWI-Cave Hill), University of Ghana and University of York.

SARTRAC aims to understand global- and local-scale drivers of Sargassum across the Atlantic basin from the Caribbean to Africa, while identifying transformational opportunities for communities affected by the holopelagic seaweed.

Stay tuned for more updates about the status of this transformative intervention. For more information, watch the project documentary using this link: or visit our social media at: @mgimona