Marine barriers installed in Puerto Morelos to contain sargassum

This weekend began the anchoring and installation of 2,200 linear meters of marine barriers in the almost two kilometers of beaches that are under the direct attention of the City Council, including the Ventana al Mar. This will serve to contain and direct the sargassum to collection points that will be used for that purpose.

Presence of sargassum in waters of Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. The municipal government has installed marine barriers to try to contain the massive arrival of algae (Photo taken from Canal7slp.com)
Presence of sargassum in waters of Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo. The municipal government has installed marine barriers to try to contain the massive arrival of algae (Photo taken from Canal7slp.com)

Barriers in other areas

Sargasso accumulations will be avoided in the areas that are used as spas, in addition to allowing a faster and more effective collection. Several hotel groups in Puerto Morelos already have these barriers in operation and others are in the process of installing it so it will be more beneficial in various areas.

The use of these barriers is part of the agreements and proposals derived from the Puerto Morelos Protocol that has consolidated the municipality as a success story due to positive results with which the contamination of the beaches is avoided.

Other measures of the government to attend to the massive arrival of the algae are the elaboration of a regulation that sets out the guidelines for the integral treatment of the sargassum in practically all its slopes.

Equally the acquisition of boats to address the sargassum and collect it before the barriers, in addition to two sweepers of the beach of 1.9 meters wide, special to collect this material.

Amphibious bands will be installed at the collection points to support the removal of sargassum in water and terrestrial bands for those that reach the beaches.

Problematic natural phenomenon

The Mexican Caribbean faces a problem due to the arrival of sargassum to its beaches, almost permanent and repetitive situation year after year, and that in addition to Mexico, it affects 15 countries of the region.

May is the month in which the arrival of the largest volumes of sargassum begins, and it is anticipated that in the summer the influx will be even more.

According to statistics, last year the most affected areas were Tulum and the Mahahual area, followed by Puerto Morelos. In a smaller proportion, Cancún was affected. Cozumel and Isla Mujeres were the least prejudice.

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