Tulum is already one of the destinations affected by the early arrival of sargassum at the state level, declared hydro-biologist Esteban Jesús Amaro Mauricio, director of the Sargassum Monitoring Network of Quintana Roo. The interviewee said that from the area of Punta Piedra to the Mayan arch of Sian Ka'an there is a record of the landing of this macroalgae last weekend. Likewise, this Monday more arrivals of the seaweed began to be seen on the public beaches of the Tulum National Park (PNT).
It is worrying to see the presence of this seaweed because it is practically three months early when it usually begins to arrive by the end of March or the beginning of April. Destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Cozumel are already with moderate presence and other places with abundant accumulation.
"We have just received a report that a lot of sargassum is also arriving in Tulum, in the Punta Piedra area, further south, towards the Mayan arch, so practically the most important points of the tourist destinations have sargassum and it is worrying because we are only in January and sargassum is supposed to start arriving by the end of March or beginning of April, practically three months earlier this year", he said.
This 2022 will be a strong year in the arrival of sargassum, as the forecasts that monitor the masses of seaweed coming from the west coast of Africa and the Atlantic Ocean had announced. They do not have an exact figure of the amount of seaweed collected because in some areas of the coast it is not collected and there are clandestine points that serve as dumping grounds, although the University of South Florida (USF) estimates that around 2 million tons of sargassum arrive at the Yucatan peninsula.
Officially, the Ministry of the Navy announced at the closing of the Sargasso Season 2021 that it had collected a total of approximately 44,913 tons of this algae from the beaches and maritime areas that make up the affected municipalities in the state of Quintana Roo.