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Volunteers spend weekend removing fresh arrival of sargassum from Cancun’s popular viewpoint beach

Cancun, Q.R. — Nearly 200 people in Cancun spent a portion of their weekend knee-deep in seaweed. The 180-plus volunteers made up the cleaning crew to remove the latest arrival of sargassum.

Those who helped fork the seaweed for depositing were from the Directorates of Municipal Public Services and the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), among other agencies. They helped to deal with the mass arrival that hit one of the city’s most popular beaches, Playa Delfines.

The head of Beach Maintenance and Certification of Zofemat, Tania Fernández Moreno, reported that to attend to the collection of seaweed, public servants and collaborators from 23 municipal agencies joined the permanent program. Those participating were organized by shifts so that the removal of sargassum is more agile in the sandbanks of Cancun.

180 volunteers removed 106 tons of sargassum on Saturday alone. Photo: Ayuntamiento de Benito Juárez

She pointed out that with this coordinated effort, on August 6, 106 tons of sargassum was removed from Playa Delfines. Tania Fernández said that all of Cancun’s public beaches are cleaned on a daily basis, however, due to the increase in sargassum runoff on Playa Delfines, cleaning efforts were intensified to maintain the beauty that characterizes the city’s most popular viewpoint.