Last updated on December 29, 2020
Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Puerto Morelos mayor says 1,200 linear meters of marine barrier has been installed to tackle the arriving sargassum.
Municipal head Laura Fernández Piña says the barriers have been installed in front of the public beaches. “In recent weeks, we have carried out maintenance of the marine bands, which will help us to raise the macroalgae directly from the seashore to the collection trucks, that is, we will add one more mechanism to avoid a greater landfall on our beaches,” she explained.
She notes that the municipality has worked continuously, even during the non-sargassum months, to ensure pristine beaches. “When tourism is reactivated, our main asset, which are our beaches, will be in impeccable condition,” she added.
The mayor reported that currently, city council workers work every day in cleaning tasks with sweepers and tools to remove any seaweed that has been making it to shore.
Luis Cardeña Peña, municipal director of Special Projects announced that only last week, around 142 tons of sargassum was removed from the beaches by city council staff.
“With the machinery we use, which allows us to return the sand to the beaches and does the work of 40 people in one day, we are moving forward with the removal of sargassum. We will continue to work in a coordinated manner,” he said.
Fernández Piña says workers will continue to work “with strict preventive measures such as social isolation and decreased mobility, which has shown good results thanks to the participation of citizens, which today, means they have a municipality free of active SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus cases.”