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Recent change in current means less sargassum on Cancun, Riviera Maya coast

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The accumulation of seaweed along Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches is expected to decrease with the recent change in current movement. Current changes have seen the movement of sargassum in the Caribbean Sea change course with a majority of it now moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Captain José Paul Murad Serrano of the Oceanographic Institute of the Gulf and Caribbean Sea of the Secretariat of the Navy made the update in a recent report.

He says that due to the current shift, Quintana Roo beaches should see a substantial decrease in the arrival of sargassum, at least for this month. He says with the update in trajectory, alert levels were modified to reflect moderate levels of seaweed across many of the state’s beaches.

Paul Murad said that according to their monitoring, the presence of sargassum in the Eastern Caribbean and Central Atlantic is moving mostly toward the North Atlantic, reducing the possibility of massive arrivals to the coasts of Quintana Roo.

He added that sargassum that does make it to shore will likely land at Xcalak, Majahual, Sian Ka’an, Tulum, Punta Maroma and Punta Nizuc.

The monitoring network reports that in the municipalities of Othón P. Blanco, Benito Juárez (Cancun) and Tulum, the sargassum indicator light is yellow or moderate. In Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Isla Mujeres, sargassum on beaches is scarce.