Jamaica's recently established Global Tourism and Crisis Management Centre will partner with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to research the threat of sargassum, a type of brown seaweed, to Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.

"The issue of managing sargassum has become more urgent since large quantities of the algae accumulated along the shores of many of the countries on the Caribbean Sea in 2015," Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica's minister of tourism, said during a speech at the Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association's recent annual meeting.

Masses of the brown smelly seaweed, although harmless, can invade many beaches in the Caribbean, making it an eyesore and preventing many visitors from swimming or enjoying the beachfront.

The center, which will open its doors in October at Jamaica's University of the West Indies Mona campus, along with MIT will explore strategies that Jamaica and the Caribbean can implement to be proactive and prevent sargassum from disrupting tourism in the region, according to Bartlett.

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