The municipality of Puerto Morelos remains as the municipality with the highest incidence of seaweed on its beaches in Quintana Roo, by persisting as the only one with the status of the high incidence of that algae in the entity, informed the Mexican Navy.
In an infographic, the federal agency added that, as in recent days, when it fell into that classification, Puerto Morelos continues to report "zero cleanliness" in its six beaches, which has led it to have that status, the worst in Quintana Roo.
Puerto Morelos remains the municipality with the highest sargassum index.
In contrast, Solidaridad (Playa del Carmen), Isla Mujeres, and Benito Juárez (Cancún) have a low presence of seaweed, as a result of the maintenance and cleaning works applied by their municipalities.
Meanwhile, the capital city, Othón P. Blanco (Chetumal), Cozumel, and Tulum have a moderate presence of sargassum, which has thrown, since last March, 40,683.11 tons on the beaches of the state.
Seaweed known as 'sargassum' is invading much of the Mexican coastline
Seaweed is invading a good part of the Mexican coast. The country is trying to control the invasion of this seaweed, which especially affects the state of Quintana Ro, where Cancun and Tulum, one of the most touristic areas of the country, are located. The problem is not new. For several months, the sea and sand have been covered by this species.
Deforestation, the excessive use of chemical fertilizers, and, fundamentally, global warming would be behind the excessive proliferation of this plant, known as sargasso. The Mexican Navy works with twelve specialized ships to remove this plant from the sea. Since March alone, more than 37,000 tons have been collected, the equivalent in weight to three Eiffel Towers.
On the sand, it is hotel workers who are dedicated to removing the sargassum that covers the beaches. Because, in addition to the brown stains floating in the water, there is also the unpleasant smell they leave and the insects they attract. Something that could scare away the millions of tourists who travel to the area every year in search of relaxation on the paradisiacal Caribbean beaches. However, not everything about this algae is negative.
Sargassum has multiple applications for the pharmaceutical, medical and food industries. For example, it can be used to make high-quality organic compost, disposable plates, or even as fuel. Not to mention its use as a building material. Many companies have begun to take an interest in this natural source, which is growing steadily.