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600 take to cleaning Sargassum from Cancun beaches

Cancun, Q.R. — The mayor of Cancun says that manual beach cleaning continues along the Cancun coast, but in a manner that takes sea turtles into consideration.

Mayor Mara Lezama confirmed that while the number of beach cleaning volunteers increases, so does their consideration regarding nesting sea turtles. She says they “work hand-in-hand with the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources to care for the nesting of the turtles since the nests are well-marked.

“The tractors that are used are allowed within the guidelines of Semarnat and the algae is always carefully removed. Cancun is everyone’s land so we are kind to the environment,” she said.

Over the weekend, approximately 600 people took to the beaches of Cancun to join in the sargassum collection and removal at five public beaches. It was the fourth day of the program, she noted, adding that 65 tons of seaweed was removed from Delfines, Coral, Chac Mool, Tortugas and El Niño.

“The beaches belong to all Mexicans and we must take care of them, that’s why we say come on, help us, because I am convinced that together we can do extraordinary things for a sustainable Cancun.”