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For weeks, Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches see a significant decrease in sargassum

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — Government officials say that six of the state’s seven municipalities that are monitored for sargassum have been reporting low arrival levels. For several weeks, the coast of Quintana Roo has seen very little of the seaweed reaching shores.

According to the Secretariat of the Armed Navy (Semar), six of the seven municipalities are reporting their lowest levels this season. One of the most affected beaches continues to be Playa Coral in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Semar says that despite cleaning efforts, currents continue to drive seaweed to the area, however, brigades are out every day cleaning the beach.

Semar, who is in charge of sargassum monitoring, says that Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas, Benito Juárez (Cancún), Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen) and Tulum have low levels of seaweed.

Only one municipality reported a moderate presence of sargassum, which was the extreme southern portion of the state in Mahahual, Xcalak and Chetumal in the municipality of Othón P. Blanco.

Since the beginning of the 2021 sargassum season, Semar reports the collection of 37,993.27 tons.