Crews of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), with the support of elements of the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar) and the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), are dedicated to cleaning the beaches due to the atypical arrival of sargassum in Cozumel in recent days, which has resulted in an accumulated total of approximately three thousand forty tons so far this year in terms of collection of this type of seaweed.
The director of Zofemat, Marco Antonio Loeza Pacheco, said that the beaches in the western part of the island are being cleaned because the municipal president, Juanita Alonso Marrufo, told them to take care of the unusual arrival of sargassum, which was caused by the close passage of Hurricane "Ian," as soon as possible.
In the last week, between 400 and 450 tons of this aquatic plant arrived, which was collected by three crews of 20 people each from the direction of Zofemat, and which also has the support of 20 elements from the Sedena and Semar to work quickly and efficiently.
Work is being done quickly in the central zone since it is the main face of the island, so it is estimated that approximately 200 tons of sargassum remain to be collected to have clean and free of sargassum beaches.
From January to date, an accumulated three thousand, 39 tons of sargassum has been collected, which was transferred to a five thousand square meter lot provided by the state government specifically to be used as a final destination for the seaweed collected.
Cozumel stingray aquarium invaded by seaweed
The manta ray and catshark aquarium, located in Cozumel, suffered the consequences of the massive arrival of sargassum, as this attraction was left as a pool invaded by these marine algae.
According to the information, the employees of the company Stingray have already begun to remove the sargassum from the area; however, the conditions of the marine animals that are exploited in this aquarium as an attraction for cruise ship tourism are unknown.
According to data provided by the head of Zofemat, José Rafael López Saavedra, this matter must be attended to by the federal environmental authorities since the affected area is located in the Federal Zone. However, it is revealed that so far no contact has been made with the aforementioned agency.