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Cancun, Riviera Maya sargassum forecast slightly below last year

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Sargassum forecasts for the upcoming holiday period shows a moderate arrival of the seaweed, says Governor Carlos Joaquín. The forecast, which was provided by coordinator of the Sargassum Attention Strategy, shows a moderate arrival over the next two weeks, amounts that will be slightly less than last year.

Coordinator of the Sargassum Attention Strategy and Secretary of the Navy, Rear Admiral César Gustavo Ramírez Torralba, explained that this year, the seaweed recall will be equal to or slightly lower than in 2020.

Currently, special attention is being paid to Mahahual and Xcalak where there is already a moderate landfall. Quintana Roo has 39 public beaches, which is equivalent to 32 kilometers of coastline, all of which, he says, are being monitored.

Ramírez Torralba says that 9,320 meters of containment barriers are being installed at Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Tulum and Mahahual and Xcalak. He says there will be 11 sargassum vessels for shallow waters in Benito Juárez (Cancun), Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), Tulum and Othón P. Blanco (Mahahual, Xcalak).

This year, an ocean vessel will be incorporated that will allow collection from the sea in various areas, depending on the largest sargassum concentrations. Flyovers along the coast will also be conducted as part of the state’s sargassum monitoring program, he said adding that “we are currently seeing sargassum mixed with sea grass.”