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More sargassum collection machines being purchased for Mahahual

Mahahual, Q.R. — Additional seaweed collection bands have been earmarked for purchase for Mahahual. The additional bands will help the seaside town and other areas with the collection of sargassum.

Rear Admiral Alejandro López Centeno, coordinator of the National Strategy for Sargassum Attention, reported that the Secretary of the Navy will buy eight sargassum collecting bands which will be assigned to Mahahual and other points in the southern zone.

He said they will be added to the other five currently being repaired in the naval facilities of Chetumal. He explained that the five electrically powered bands are under repair and should be ready in coming days. The eight being purchased, he said, are powered by an internal combustion engine.

He said with these machines, the need for a large workforce is reduced and, in turn, the collection of sargassum required in the various areas of the municipality, such as Mahahual, will be accelerated.

López Centeno said that there is currently 1,400 meters of sargassum barriers installed around Mahahual which were placed in non-reef areas. In total, López Centeno pointed out that 7,000 linear meters of anti-sargassum barriers have been placed along the coast of Quintana Roo.

“To this is added another two thousand meters that will be installed in the next few days in the municipality of Tulum, where the company that will carry out the anchoring is already preparing the operation,” he reported.