Riviera Maya, Q.R. — After several weeks of work, the Riviera Maya-Tulum Council was created to face the current sargassum issue. Lenin Amaro Betancourt, president of the Business Coordinating Council of Riviera Maya, said that the newly formed council includes the federal, state and municipal governments as well as private businesses.
He explained that the council seeks to create order, generate more resources and equipment and follow up on work to avoid future problems like what the region has now, which is an overwhelming accumulation of seaweed along the beaches.
“The meeting was quite positive. With this council we seek to have a protocol for attention to sargassum as is done with hurricanes. To have monitoring well in advance that allows us to be prepared and not do what we have done until now, which is we begin to act when we already have the problem on our coasts,” he said.
During an interview with Pulso AM, he explained that months before the season begins, the council will verify equipment conditions as well as sargasso barriers and seek resources for more boats, because with the number of vessels they have now, it is not enough to deal with the amount of arriving sargassum.
Amaro Betancourt said that the business sector today invests enough resources to address the problem of sargassum that lands on its beaches, which if not dealt with promptly, generates tourist damage.
“It is necessary that the collection in shallow waters be more efficient so that this amount of sargassum does not end up on the beaches,” he said.