The Secretariat of the Mexican Navy (Semar) announced that Isla Mujeres is the municipality that accumulates the least amount of sargassum on its beaches, of all those suffering from this problem in the state of Quintana Roo.
In an infographic, the federal agency established that of its seven beaches, the island registers all of them in a state of cleanliness, so it was placed in the status of low presence of the seaweed. Municipalities that also suffer from this natural scourge, such as Benito Juarez (Cancun), Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), and Othón P. Blanco (Chetumal) showed less cleanliness on their beaches but still received a moderate status from the Semar.
The same was not the case with Cozumel and Chetumal, which reported a high presence of sargassum, due to the fact that most of their beaches are not properly cleaned. Meanwhile, Puerto Morelos was classified with different statuses of moderate, scarce, and also a high presence of seaweed that has been affecting the beaches of the state for years.
Forecasts from the Ministry of the Navy indicate that this year very little sargassum is expected to arrive to the coasts of the Caribbean and Quintana Roo.
Authorities supervise the beaches of Isla Mujeres, as part of the strategy to deal with the arrival of seaweed in Quintana Roo, and visit Playa Centro and Playa Norte. Although the beaches of the destination have received sargassum seaweed, it has been atypical and it has been immediately removed as part of the permanent work carried out by Zofemat workers. Currently, there is specialized machinery for the removal of seaweed, which has facilitated the work to maintain these attractions in optimal conditions.