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Sargassum seaweed remains low along Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Mexican Navy Secretariat (Semar) says the reduction in the arrival of sargassum along Cancun, Riviera Maya beaches continues to be encouraging.

Semar reported that none of the state’s seven beach municipalities are being affected by large amounts of the seaweed. The agency in charge of sargassum monitoring says that in fact, of the seven beach municipalities, five are experiencing low levels of seaweed arrival while only two are reporting moderate levels.

They say municipalities with a low presence of sargassum are Tulum, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), Puerto Morelos, Lázaro Cárdenas and Isla Mujeres. Any seaweed that does make it to shore is removed by municipal beach cleaning staff.

Semar says that the beaches of Othón P. Blanco (Mahahual, Chetumal) and Cozumel have not had the same care by authorities, and although they lack the same cleanliness, the arrival of sargassum has been in minimal quantities.

Semar reported that it has collected 43,361.56 tons of sargassum from Quintana Roo beaches since March.