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Vessel being sent to Tulum as first sargassum arrives at Akumal

Tulum, Q.R. — Tulum’s mayor says the municipality will see the arrival of a sargassum vessel now that the seaweed has begun to make an appearance.

Although the amounts of sargassum arriving on state shores is minimal, Victor Mas Tah says the vessel will guarantee clean beaches for when tourism is relaunched and visitors begin arriving. The announcement of a vessel for Tulum was made via a video conference with Secretary of the Navy, José Rafael Ojeda Durán.

The video conference also included other mayors along with state governor Carlos Joaquín González who confirmed follow-up of agreements due to the arrival of sargassum since, once tourism is relaunched, Tulum will be ready to receive tourists.

“During the conference, we learned about the scope that the Secretariat of the Navy has achieved in preparing the sargassum vessels that will soon be in our state helping us to combat the atypical arrival of seaweed. I also expressed as municipal president, the agreements we have in the way of personnel support that corresponds to the preparation of a site for the transfer of sargassum in our municipality,” explained Mas Tah.

According to the Sargasso Monitoring and Forecast Program in the Caribbean Sea, the dynamics of the Eastern Caribbean have favored the movement of large sargassum conglomerates to countries of the Greater Antilles. The algal coverage entering the Mexican Caribbean continues to be low, however, the region is being continually monitored.

Small amounts of the seaweed have begun to arrive on some state shores including Mahahual, Akumal, Punta Allen, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Cancún, Cancún and Costa Mujeres.