Warning of a massive sargassum arrival in the Yucatan

13/07/2020

The Secretary of the Navy (Semar) in Quintana Roo warned about a large amount of sargassum being diverted to the Yucatan, where a massive arrival is expected shortly.

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

In the 40 beaches served by Semar in Quintana Roo, 9,130 tons of sargassum were monitored in the first half of the year, and it was in May and June when the largest arrival occurred with 6,758 tons.

According to "El Universal", Semar said that according to the monitoring, of some 10,000 tons which were monitored in the Atlantic, some 6,000 would be heading to Yucatan and only 4,000 would arrive in Quintana Roo.

The monitoring carried out by Semar specified that those 6,000 tons are advancing towards the Yucatan Channel, so the remaining sargassum is still heading towards the coast of Quintana Roo.

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

The agency said that a ship is expected to arrive to clean the Yucatan Canal, as well as to carry out research work.

At the end of 2019, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) announced its plans to create a sargassum observatory in Yucatan in order to detect in time the arrival of the algae to the coast and to efficiently plan containment barriers for other states, mainly Quintana Roo, which was affected by the massive arrival of this marine species to its beaches last year.

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

Similarly in Yucatan, last year problems were recorded by the arrival of sargassum, although not in such high quantities as occurred in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo.

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.