Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — As part of preventative action to control the arrival of Sargassum seaweed, the state governor announced the arrival of sargassum boats to Isla Mujeres.
Governor Carlos Joaquin announced the arrival of the navy-made sargaceras boats for the municipality of Isla Mujeres, which will be used to keep all beaches as clean as possible once the sargasso begins to arrive.
The governor said that the vessels, which are headed by the Secretary of the Navy, have already been lowered in Yucalpetén waters in the neighboring state of Yucatan. Carlos Joaquín emphasized that the navy also has several kilometers of sea fence barriers which will be installed to contain the arrival of sargassum in the sea before it reaches beaches.
“The blue of our sea is back. Tourists who have chosen Quintana Roo to vacation will enjoy beaches in optimal condition,” said Governor Joaquin.
The governor of Quintana Roo noted that many hotels and other sectors of the private initiative, who already have boats and beach cleaning equipment, will be out cleaning regardless of the amount of sargassum forecast.
He says that U.S. universities have forecast a lower arrival of sargassum for this year, compare to the last year or two.
“What we have heard and read is that some universities, mainly in the United States that make forecasts, predict that the arrival of sargassum for this season will be less than half of the amount over the previous year, but we have to prepare. I think you have to prepare with the sargaceras boats,” he said adding that currently, state beaches are free of sargassum.