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City begins installation of Sargassum sea barriers for Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Approximately 40 percent of the city’s sargassum barriers were placed off Playa del Carmen beach areas over the weekend.

Once complete, the installation of the barriers will prevent a majority of sargassum from reaching shores. City Hall says the complete installation will take 10 days adding that currently, 1.3 out of 2.5 kilometers of the barrier has been attached to the seabed with stainless steel barracuda anchors.

The director of the Federal Terrestrial Maritime Zone (Zofemat), Marco Antonio Loeza Pacheco, stated that in order to not hinder maritime navigation at 12th Street and between the ferry docks, three channels of approximately 100 meters wide will be opened for free movement of tourist and passenger vessels.

Along with the sea barriers, the municipality will use two sargassum vessels, each with the capacity to remove around 200 tons of sargassum a day.