Tons of sargassum cleaned from Yucatan beaches

Coastal residents who contributed to the sargassum and garbage cleanup point out that keeping the beaches clean is an everyday effort. Municipal authorities removed tons of sargassum from several beaches in the Yucatan on Friday.

Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on Yucatan beaches. Archive photo
Bad weather leaves a thick carpet of sargassum on Yucatan beaches. Archive photo

"We collected an average of 85 to 90 tons of sargassum over the entire 5-kilometer strip. The bad weather, apart from the fact that sometimes it does have an influence, takes away a bit of the recharge, the swell itself takes it away," explained Jorge Hernández, head of Progreso City Hall Urban Cleaning to Tabasco Hoy.

The clean-up has concentrated on 16 beaches along the 335 kilometers of coast that remain crystal clear and without bathers because they do not allow access to the sea due to health contingencies.

Cleaning tons of sargassum from Yucatan beaches. Photo: Twitter/Gobierno Yucatán
Cleaning tons of sargassum from Yucatan beaches. Photo: Twitter/Gobierno Yucatán

"The time of confinement that there was has caused that the beaches are crystalline. As there are not so many people there is no contamination," added Jorge Hernandez.

Coastal residents who contributed to the sargassum and garbage cleanup say that keeping the beaches clean is an everyday effort. They say the sargassum refill in previous years has been massive.

Sargassum on Yucatan beaches. Archive file
Sargassum on Yucatan beaches. Archive file

In 2018, 85,000 cubic meters of sargassum were collected in the Yucatan, while in 2019 it was more than 92,000 cubic meters. In the first 6 months of 2020, there are about 26,000 collected, although September, October, and November are the months when the largest number of algae is collected due to cold fronts and storms.

Beaches of Progreso, Yucatan

The emerald green beaches of Yucatan are an option to cool off with your family, visit a nearby cenote, admire the mangrove forests, the archaeological sites, and the species of flora and fauna typical of the Yucatan coast.

The beautiful beaches of Progreso, an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.
The beautiful beaches of Progreso, an open invitation to national and foreign visitors.

During a trip made in Yucatan, from Chuburna to Dzilam de Bravo passing through Progreso, it is possible to admire a set of clean beaches, to the point that Yucatecan families and national and foreign visitors can enjoy cleanliness and tranquility of the beaches.

Telchac is mostly populated by summer houses and some hotels, but that does not prevent enjoying the small coastal population of beaches and sport fishing in some points. In Telchac, families who live nearby often go to the small boardwalk to eat and stroll in the afternoons and of course to dive into the clean waters of the beach of this small Yucatan port that does not escape the arrival of foreign visitors although in a smaller scale than the beaches of the Riviera Maya.

Santa Clara, one of the most emerald beaches and with the least propaganda, is also one of the most tranquil and free of sargassum, algae that at this time has caused a strong crisis on the beaches of Quintana Roo, where the hotel sector is suffering from its occupation in almost 40 percent of its availability, due to the bad "recommendation" that gives the great wave of sargassum that has arrived at this time.

In the same route of Yucatan, entering a few kilometers to the road that leads to Dzemul, it is possible to admire the pink flamingos, this species has its main refuge in the mangroves of the saline lagoon and see them in the middle of a pink lake, without having to go to Celestun, is a plus added to the visit of the beaches of Yucatan.

Finally, in San Crisanto, located about 80 kilometers from the capital of Yucatan. It is possible to observe the "eyes of water", especially one, which attracts domestic and foreign tourists attracted by the presence of marine species that have adapted to the freshwater that possibly arises from an underground cenote.