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City workers removing 90 tons of seaweed per day

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A group of workers from the City of Solidarity, together with volunteers and private companies, are removing more than 90 tons of sargasso per day.

Municipal authorities met with the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo to address the sargasso that began to pile on beaches at the end of May.

“The municipality of Solidaridad will hire 100 people through the temporary employment program to remove the sargasso from the seashore. It will be collected and transferred to an area for processing, for which we are requesting the corresponding authorizations from the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources for the protocol of lifting and treatment of seaweed,” said Mayor Samaria Angulo.

The work will be carried out on more than 20 kilometers of coastline in Playa del Carmen, including the stretches of Playacar to Punta Esmeralda, in the south and from Xcalacoco to Punta Beté in the north.

Each of the municipalities presented data to justify the federal resources being requested to help remove the grass from the beach areas.

The director of the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone, Hugo Uribe Nicolás, reported that complementary work has begun on the various beaches of Playa del Carmen such as Xcalacoco, Punta Esmeralda, Playa 88 and Playa Caribe so the beaches are clean for the arrival of summer break tourists.

Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, secretary of Ecology and Environment of the state, revealed that they have asked for 62 million peso to deal with the sargassum, hoping that it could be considered a natural disaster.

He noted that Brazil and many other countries are affected by the arrival of sargasso, and warned that its presence may last for months.

Concerns about protecting sea turtle nests were also addressed during the meeting by the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad and Tulum since some hotels have been seen using heavy machinery on beach areas to remove the sea grass.