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Sargassum permanent reality says Puerto Morelos Mayor

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — The sargassum outflow, which in the first years was considered a contingency, became a permanent reality due to the massive arrival of the macroalgae each year.

The arrival forces Puerto Morelos to maintain a continuous fight, said Mayor Blanca Merari Tziu Muñoz.

Within the framework of her II Municipal Report, Merari noted that for the constant cleaning of beaches this year, it was necessary to hire personnel and acquire appropriate machinery and equipment for the removal and disposal of sargassum.

“Authorities and the community in general are committed to the task of keeping municipal beaches free of sargassum. Jointly, highly trained personnel from the Ministry of the Navy deployed significant efforts in cleaning the areas near the coast,” she noted.

In addition to tools, they used two specialized boats to collect the seaweed before it reached the coast. Anti-sargassum barriers were also installed. she continued. In turn, the team from the Federal Maritime-Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat) in Puerto Morelos deployed an active and valuable effort in the sargassum cleaning process.

Manual cleaning and anti-sargassum barriers keep beaches free of seaweed. Photo: H. Ayuntamiento de Puerto Morelos September 21, 2023.

The Mayor specified that 1.9 km of anti-sargassum barrier were installed to serve the public beaches, a stretch that includes Playa Ventana al Mar, Playa Sol, Pelícanos, Cayuse, Arrecife and the Fishing Technical Secondary School, in which constant monitoring of the sargassum arrival was maintained.

Workers were provided with the equipment required to remove the sargassum, with both machinery and manually, totaling 18,496 cubic meters of the marine macroalgae.

Blanca Merari assured that they are working closely with the private sector to obtain the necessary permits so that the transfer of sargassum meets all the requirements established by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).