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Secretary of Economic Development says there are companies interested in harvesting sargassum

Cancun, Q.R. — With the over abundance of sargassum, companies have expressed an interest in investing in the state’s algae conundrum, however, Mexico’s legal guidelines must be met.

The Secretary of Economic Development, Rosa Elena Lozano says that there are companies interested in investing in Quintana Roo to industrialize sargassum and that the legal guidelines that would allow them to harvest the algae are being looked at.

She says lawyers are analyzing the situation that would allow them to turn the seaweed into something else, but they have to do so within the framework of environmental laws.

“You first have to see the Official Mexican Standard to know the legal guidelines so that private companies can use sargassum for industrial use. These are technical terms that must be taken care of, and once there is structure of an entire use projection, then we will be able to take the steps that follow to support them in that request,” she said.

She added that the situation is not simple because health aspects have to be considered, the management of sargassum from its collection, storage and final destination, noting that they can look for alternatives that would allow them to take advantage of the raw material for the purpose tof mitigating the impact along the state’s coasts.