Sargassum alert in Playa del Carmen

Sargassum in Playa del Carmen. Image: Red Sargazo
Sargassum in Playa del Carmen. Image: Red Sargazo

Tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos and Tulum, begin to fill again with sargassum, while businessmen and authorities warn of the consequences of this phenomenon related to climate change.

According to a report from the Sargasso monitoring network, it was also expected yesterday that the massive arrival of sargassum would continue in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Cozumel, Tulum, the coastal zone of Bacalar, Mahahual, Xcalak, and Chetumal Bay.

The most affected coastal strip on Tuesday is located between Playa del Carmen, Akumal, Chemuyil, Caleta Tankah, Tusayan, and Tulum, in the Riviera Maya.

Source: Red Sargazo

Map of the distribution and abundance of sargassum in the Northern Zone of Quintana Roo

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Alert of the imminent arrival of sargassum in Playa del Carmen

The municipality of Solidaridad, where a good part of the Riviera Maya is located, is preparing to receive large quantities of sargassum since sightings of boats and satellite confirm the equivalent of two hectares of seaweed or 1,900 square meters of sargasso that move towards its coastline.

Boat sightings, to which Infoqroo had access, refer that the "enormous" spot is dragged by the marine currents towards these coasts and it is expected that they will soon reach the area, for which personnel of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (Zofemat), is prepared to receive tons of seaweed to these coasts in order to also count on volunteers, in addition to the 70 workers who work daily to remove the seaweed from the sands.

It is expected that the greatest impacts will be in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, as well as Cancun (according to reports from the local Meteorological System), based on the fact that the type of marine currents expected will contribute to displacing this micro-organism towards these costs, which could change its course of changing the direction of the winds.

Boat sightings, to which Infoqroo had access, refer that the "enormous" spot is dragged by the marine currents towards these coasts and it is expected that they will soon reach the area. Image: Info QRoo
Boat sightings, to which Infoqroo had access, refer that the "enormous" spot is dragged by the marine currents towards these coasts and it is expected that they will soon reach the area. Image: Info QRoo

At the moment, the city council of Solida, as well as coastal accommodation centers, respond in an emergent way from land to this problem resulting from global warming, removing it from the coasts in a manual and mechanical way when using tractors, trenches, shovels, tippers. and Bobcats mini electric excavators, to carry out this task.

Meanwhile, the federal and state governments are still in the definition of strategies to reduce resources in order to try to retain seaweed from the high seas, since their arrival affects the image of coastal tourist destinations. (INFOQROO)

Sargassum has returned to Playa del Carmen. Stock image
Sargassum has returned to Playa del Carmen. Stock image

Sargassum has returned to Playa del Carmen

The south winds or surada as this climatic phenomenon of the sea is known, returned the sargassum in Playa del Carmen, which had shone for its absence for weeks, but seaweed is back, more intense and scale, and therefore more difficult to clean from the center area on the beach del Carmen, which goes from the Fundadores beach to El Recodo beach.

Michele Gonzalez, the therapist in the downtown area, where there was no trace of sargassum days ago, indicated that some investment should be made because the beaches of the Riviera Maya leave a millionaire to the authorities of the three levels of government and the (any) project is important to pick it (sargassum) up at sea.

Sargassum endangers three species of turtles in Playa del Carmen

The presence of the algae is a risk for the turtles that will begin their arrival in May, warns veterinarian.

The massive arrival of sargassum to the beaches of Solidaridad is a headache for visitors not only because of the bad odors it causes or to contaminate the water at the start of putrefaction but because of the risk it means for four turtle species that will begin arriving at the sandy areas.

According to veterinarian Juanjo Bolaños, the issue is complicated because Punta Esmeralda, for example, is the beach that uses three species of turtle to spawn from May to November and which are the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas) and the Laud (Dermochelys coriacea).

The presence of the algae is a risk for the turtles that will begin their arrival in May, warns veterinarian.
The presence of the algae is a risk for the turtles that will begin their arrival in May, warns veterinarian.

The veterinarian explains that the presence of the sargassum puts the turtles at risk because of the temperature of the beaches increases, where the turtles bury their eggs, causing an imbalance in the habitat. That same sargassum makes it difficult for turtles to reach the sea after they hatch, and even dry seaweed mixed with sand allows predators or pests to destroy nests.

Punta Esmeralda Beach is also the favorite place of the people and today it showed a lot of visitors registering around 13 thousand, a figure that could be overcome during the day, according to estimates of the staff that works at the site.

With facilities open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the beach with the most demand in the Riviera Maya looked full early on, especially with locals and national tourism that enjoys the cenote that springs up next to the sandbanks of the site.

However, the sargassum brought by the north wind accumulates on the shore of the beach causing unpleasant odors due to decomposition, despite the fact that between 80 and 100 tons of algae are removed per day, according to Zofemat.

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