Sargassum arrives at the Tamaulipas coast and Miramar beach

Thick sargassum carpet covers the Tamaulipas coastline since yesterday, representing a natural phenomenon that if not attended to as soon as it retires would represent an image and sanitary problem for the most important tourist area in the northeast of Mexico.

A large amount of sargassum has begun to reach the shores of Tamaulipas, fearing a crisis like the one that occurs in the Mexican Caribbean. Photo: Noticias Epicentro
A large amount of sargassum has begun to reach the shores of Tamaulipas, fearing a crisis like the one that occurs in the Mexican Caribbean. Photo: Noticias Epicentro

The Port, Maritime, and Coastal Engineering Research Center (Cidiport), of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT), has ruled out that a crisis similar to that affecting the coasts of Quintana Roo should be reached, however, they assured that withdrawal actions before sargassum decomposes and begins to give off bad odors.

The director of the Cidiport, Sergio Jiménez Hernández, assured that "it is a natural arrival that is taking place in the region, nothing compared with what happens in the Caribbean, which is an extraordinary situation due to the conditions of the Caribbean Sea".

Tourist areas such as Miramar beach recorded yesterday accumulation of this seaweed in a stretch of approximately eight kilometers, from the breakwaters with the Pánuco River to the limit with the municipality of Altamira.

In comparison, to the south coast of Tamaulipas arrive of two to three tons of these algae daily, while the beaches of Quintana Roo are an average of 15 thousand tons a day which arrive and generate a crisis in the most important business sector in the Caribbean.

For the moment, what is happening in the area, south of Tamaulipas is seasonal and manageable, totally contrary to the situation in the Caribbean, where even the possibility of declaring a natural emergency has been handled due to the economic effects generated in the sector. tourist.

Currently, the presence of sargassum occurs throughout the coast of southern Tamaulipas, mainly in Miramar beach, considering the experts' factors such as the increase in sea temperature, change of currents and fertilization of the water generated by untreated water deposit to the sea of ​​countries located along the Caribbean Sea.

Among the algae that reach the beaches of southern Tamaulipas are solidified petroleum residues, known as chapopote, which has alerted environmentalists to establish the origin of this material, which for the consistency it presents is not considered a contaminant.

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