Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says studies show that the Caribbean has lost approximately 20 percent of its tourism earnings because of the rapidly growing threats posed by the influx of sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean.

The sargassum threat has prompted the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to stage a regional round-table to discuss ways to deal with the algae.

The discussions took place on Friday.

According to Minister Bartlett, a task-force has been set up to research the issues.

The task force includes Professor Mona Webber, along with representatives from the United States and France.

Mr. Bartlett says the taskforce will undertake wide-ranging research.

Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister.

He was speaking with the media following the round-table discussion on Friday.