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Cancun continues its public beach battle against mass arrival of sargassum

Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly 100 city and Zofemat workers have taken to Cancun beaches in response to the mass arrival of sargassum. Workers from Cancun Public Services and the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) began the task of removing the washed-up seaweed on Monday.

For days, workers have manually battled the ongoing arrival of sargassum, removing it from the sea and beaches. According to Cancun City Hall, one of the hardest hit beaches has been Playa Delfines.

A change in wind has brought in tons of the seaweed along a majority of the coast. While all public beaches along the coast of Quintana Roo are cleaned on a daily basis, this latest arrival has hit some areas particularly hard, requiring additional manpower and machinery.

The City of Cancun says “it is essential to keep the beaches in optimal condition since it represents the main attraction of the Mexican Caribbean, so reinforcing the care and well-being of the environment is key to maintaining success in the most relevant tourist pole from the country.”

Public beaches that are kept free of sargassum in Cancun include Playa Del Niño, Playa Las Perlas, Playa Chacmool, Playa Marlín, Playa Ballenas,Playa Delfines and Playa Coral.