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Zofemat removes 142 tons of Sargassum from Cozumel shores

Cozumel, Q.R. — More than 142 tons of sargassum has been removed from the east side of the island of Cozumel. Mayor Pedro Joaquín Delbouis reported the cleaning, which was done by staff from the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat).

The Director of Cozumel Zofemat, Ricardo Lizama Escalante, reported that as part of their permanent program, they began removing the seaweed in February due to its slightly early arrival. During that month, they collected over 142 tons of the algae along with 800 kilos of garbage.

Lizama Escalante pointed out that cleaning was carried out on the main public beaches of Punta Morena, Mirador Chumul, Chen Río, San Martín and Playa Bonita.

“The cleaning is done in order to guarantee citizens and visitors a healthy and clean ecosystem, which is a commission from the mayor,” he said.

Lizama is asking people who go to the beaches to not only follow health protocols, but also ensure garbage in placed in the bins, which he points out, are located at the viewpoints of Chumul, Chen Río and San Martín, as well as in the parking spaces.