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Volunteers begin cleaning Mahahual shores as sargassum arrives

Mahahual, Q.R. — Volunteer residents have been out cleaning a mass arrival of sargassum that washed up along Mahahual shores in recent days. More than a week of strong winds has seen the seaweed arrive more frequently.

Alondra Martínez Flores, director of Ecology of Othón P. Blanco, said they will begin the installation of the containment barriers at the beginning of next month, noting that a total of 68 anchors need to be secured along the sea bed.

He estimates 40 anchors will be secured at Mahahual beaches and the remaining 28 off Xcalak. Once in place, the barriers are expected to prevent the seaweed from reaching the shore. In the meantime, residents have installed a makeshift barrier of wire and sticks to help contain the arrival of the sargassum.