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Early arrival of sargassum reported along Mahahual shores

Mahahual, Q. R. — Recent strong winds have left a portion of southern beach areas with a small amounts of sargassum. The seaweed was located in Mahahual earlier this week.

It arrived after the holiday season had ended and most tourists returned home.

Mahahual mayor William Calderón said they experienced the same thing last year, the early arrival of seaweed, just on a smaller scale.

“Last year we also got a little bit of sargassum during this same time in January. Today it is a little more which is warning to us,” he said.

“I think that the sargassum committee headed by the Navy, as well as the state and municipal governments, must already start to prepare themselves with some strategy so that it doesn’t get complicated like last year,” he said.

“The seaweed has already begun to arrive in small quantities, so it would help us a lot if the sargassum barrier is implemented as soon as possible to prevent it from landing in large proportions on the coasts,” Calderón mentioned.

Officially, the sargassum does not normally begin to arrive until late February or early March and does so in varying amounts and stages along the coast.