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Luster of central Playa del Carmen beaches returns

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — The central beaches of Playa del Carmen are once again beginning to resemble their original pristine status with the arrival of a north wind and manual cleaning efforts.

Last week, a section of the central beach was left covered in piles of collected seaweed which has since been removed. The city’s central beaches are once again, free of sargasso.

Sea-installed barriers have been helping to keep portions of the seaweed from reaching shore so it can be collected there before hitting land. Municipal workers have also been on site, continually removing what does wash up, resulting in sargasso free beach areas.

A recent sargasso summit that was held in Cancun attracted heads from 12 countries who have also been affected by the mass arrival of sargasso including Honduras, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Cuba, Panama, Guadalupe Island (French territory), Guyana and Guatemala.

Environmentalists, scientists and country officials continue to share experiences and work on a solution to the on-going problem.