Tulum, Q.R. — Employees of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone and Tulum City Hall along with volunteers began a massive sargassum cleaning Friday. Dozens arrived at Playa Santa Fe to start the cleaning program of the Tulum coastline.
Tulum Municipal Treasurer, Vicente Francisco Aldape Moncada, representing Tulum Mayor Diego Castañón Trejo, recognized the teamwork that resulted in the removal of the seaweed.
While the beach cleaning program is for the enjoyment of tourists and families, the municipality is working on a Platinum Beach certification.
Tulum Zofemat Director, Melitón González Pérez, said that since the beginning of the administration, they have been working hard to achieve Platinum Beach Certification with cleaning, waste and sargassum removal and the installation of signage, among other requirements.
With this, Pérez says visitors to the beaches can enjoy the beauties offered by the Mayan Caribbean.
Playa Platino or Platinum Beach, is a recognition by the Instituto Mexicano de Normalización y Certificación, A.C. (IMNC) of a healthy beach. Platinum certified beaches are free of contaminants such as garbage and hazardous waste including oils and stool and are often recognized for their beauty.
Local biologist, Gema Moo Cocóm, recognized the will of the government and locals, which she says, hand-in-hand promotes a better Tulum.
Some of the beaches in Mexico with the Platinum certification include La Entrega in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Zipolite in San Pedro Pochutla, Playa Gaviotas in Sinaloa and Río Lagartos, Celestún, Telchac, Sisal, Cancunito, San Felipe and El Cuyo in the state of Yucatan, who have 3.7 kilometers of natural reserve beach area Platinum certified.
Playas Chileno, Palmilla, Santa María, Las Viudas and Acapulquito in Los Cabos are also certified and promoted as healthy beaches.
In Cancun, Playa del Niño, Las Perlas, Chac Mool, Ballenaso, Coral, Delfines and Marlin are all Platinum Beach certified by the Mexican Institute of Normalization and Certification, A.C. (IMNC).
Beaches that qualify are certified under Standard NMX-AA-120-SCFI-2016, with a goal to establish the sustainability requirements and specifications for beach quality. In return, the qualifying beaches are recognized with tourist destination prestige.