Sport fishing, affected by the arrival of sargassum

Within the nautical sector, sport fishing has been the activity most affected by the massive arrival of sargassum.

Sport fishing, affected by the arrival of sargassum
When dragging the hook the seaweed is hooked, impairing the sport fishing activity. Photo by Cast & Spear / Unsplash

Within the nautical sector, sport fishing has been the activity most affected by the massive arrival of sargassum, confirmed Francisco Fernandez, president of Nautical Associates of Quintana Roo.

In general, he recognized, the seaweed is not something that affects the nautical ones in Cancun, at least not in this season, because the accumulation is given on the coasts, and practically all carry out their activities far from these.

"It affects the sport fishing since the exercise that is made in the sport fishing is to drag the bait and the hook is hooking all the sargassum that is found; that harms enough, because the client who comes to fish and to enjoy a good fishing, because he leaves empty-handed", he lamented.

The sargassum, he said, prevents free fishing, the reason why until now it is the most serious affectation that they have had within the nautical sector, in a segment that hardly represents 10 percent of all the members.

Unfortunately, something that has affected them severely has been the bad climate, because each closing of ports represents a loss of 300 million pesos, by the inactivity that they have, as happened last weekend.

"The Port Captaincy closed these two days (weekend), the port closure was total, obviously the weather has not favored us and there was a loss of income, because the whole sector was paralyzed", he informed.

Just this Monday the ports were opened for larger vessels, which represent 50 percent of the ships, and for this Tuesday 24th, an opening for 100 percent was estimated.

Meanwhile, what they are preparing for is the hurricane season, with all their shelters and protocols ready, but unfortunately, many more port closures are expected, because although hurricanes or tropical storms do not always make landfall, they do cause negative weather for them, and therefore the impossibility of going out to sea.

"I think we are going to have an index of bad weather in hurricanes, if they don't hit, they do pass close by, according to the experiences we have had and we have to hope that it doesn't happen to more," he emphasized.

In all Quintana Roo, there are around 15 thousand boats, of which the majority are private; the association integrates around 2 thousand 500, so they hope that public ramps will be added and be able to adequately protect them every time a hydrometeorological phenomenon approaches.