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Danish company runs sargasso pilot project in Quintana Roo

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A Danish company has begun a pilot program with the installation of a sea turtle sargasso barrier that they are hoping will control sargasso along Quintana Roo beaches.

Danish company Desmi announced that they have successfully completed a week of testing their Desmi Sea Turtle sargasso project that they hope will prove successful in controlling sargasso along the coast of Quintana Roo.

Company director Rolando Chávez Peñaherrera says that the next step is to demonstrate its function as a pilot project, which will include the installation of 210 meters of their barrier.

He explained that the principle function of the complete system consists of the diversion of sargasso through the use of floating barriers. The first sargasso mechanical remover unit was named Desmi Sea Turtle based on a weir skimmer unit with a special arrangement that allows the removal of the sargasso algae from the water free of sand.

He says the macroalga can be displaced up to 200 meters from the beach by means of a pipeline buried under the sand, which eliminates the need of heavy equipment on the beach and with minimal visual impact.

The system was manufactured in Denmark and imported to Cancun after a successful week of performance tests at a hotel in Quintana Roo. He says it is ready to be presented to the scientific community as well as environmental and tourism authorities.