The huge arrival of Sargasso – an alga whose proliferation in current years is due to not known and clear motives – to the beaches of Mexico might be cataloged as an ecological catastrophe if a central agency is not installed to act, professionals Marta García and Brigitta Ine Van Tussenbroek warned. , of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology of the national autonomous university of Mexico (UNAM).

The researchers offered a video conference to the media from Puerto Morelos and they insisted that, in the very short term, an ecological disaster could arise with fatal economic consequences in Quintana Roo, the state of which Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are part of.

Sargasso Solution for the Mexican Caribbean

According to Van Tussenbroek, the immediate solution is to stop the arrival of the Sargasso to the beaches from its places of origin, “The sea sargasso”, located near the Bermuda Islands and a brand new sea of sargasso originated recently in northern Ecuador.

The latter reproduces at a far greater velocity and is the main responsible for the huge arrivals currently registered within the coasts of Quintana Roo, which already exceeded the number of algae in 2015 when there are two months to finish the usual arrival season.

Seeing passed its capacity to respond to the amount of Sargasso that has fallen this season at the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean, the government of Quintana Roo seeks to raise the damage of environmental contingency to natural catastrophes and consequently has initiated the strategies for the issuance of this announcement. In the event that the natural catastrophe is diagnosed, the authority will acquire greater resources to deal with the problem that affects the visitor image of the locations inside the north of the state. This catastrophe warning includes tourist destinations which include Cancun, Riviera Maya and Puerto Morelos, where seaweed covers a territory of 30 meters thick for 2 kilometers lengthy each at the seaside and within the sea.

The Sargasso that keeps upholstered the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, with negative repercussions to the environment and tourism, could be collected in the sea, via the location of ecological fences, such as the ones used when there are oil spills and the usage of Sargasso, specialized machinery that collects the algae inside the water so that you can prevent it from reaching beaches.

The Estate authorities suggested that these works will start inside the next few days, in Playa del Carmen, Cancun, as well as on the beaches of Mahahual, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos, similarly to persevering with the beach clean-up that has come doing as much as twice a day.

“Cozumel and Isla Mujeres had been the municipalities where this phenomenon has been recorded in smaller quantities since the coasts go west, due to the fact the pinnacle of the Sargasso arrives exactly through the east”

Sargasso Free Beach Options and More

Here you’ll find options and ideas for places to visit without the Sargasso being a problem to enjoy your vacations in The Riviera Maya

Isla Mujeres

Isla Contoy

El Cielo, Cozumel

Hopefully, all of this helps you to still enjoy The Riviera Maya and keep appreciating the nature and everything that the Riviera May has to give.

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