Sargassum drowns Mahahual beaches

The beaches of Mahahual continue to be invaded by tons of sargassum that arrive without any problem at this tourist pole. Local businessmen accuse that the strategies to combat this algae have been insufficient, since the anti-sargasso safe barriers have not worked, and the sludge machine has not been used.

Seaweed accumulation and strong waves break the installation of anti-sargasso barriers in Mahahual. Photo: Courtesy of Ivy Romero
Seaweed accumulation and strong waves break the installation of anti-sargasso barriers in Mahahual. Photo: Courtesy of Ivy Romero

Gerardo Pérez Zafra, the business leader of Mahahual, denounced the little effectiveness and null results of the strategies applied by the authorities.

"There is something very important regarding the operation of the barge, the Navy is not supporting what it should, today the barriers are not placed in a functional way, the barge is not functional, since it has not been operating, the small boats are not operating either. So far this season they have only been able to collect about three cubic meters of seaweed and no more," said the business leader.

Tons of sargassum arrive daily and flood the coasts of this resort, which just a few weeks ago reopened its doors to tourists after nearly three months of inactivity due to the pandemic.

In the case of the anti-sargasso barriers, they have not been useful because they are located in a place where they are not very useful, in addition to the fact that the 652 meters installed are not enough.

This week, occupancy in the destination was 30% in the seven hotels that are working, thanks to national tourists who arrived in Mahahual to celebrate Father's Day.