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Mahahual beaches recovered after manual efforts to remove seaweed

Mahahual, Q.R. — After a solid week of manual efforts, the beaches of Mahahual have been restored. Last week, days of strong winds pushed masses of sargassum onto many Quintana Roo beaches.

Due to the current, Mahahual was one of the first and hardest hit, however, with manual efforts, they have recovered their beaches. Local business owner Micky Biancardi said the beaches are beginning to look clean thanks to local efforts.

After manual cleaning, the beaches are relatively free of sargassum

Biancardi explained that local businesses focused on combating the arrival of the seaweed after the failed installation of anti-sargassum barriers by the Secretary of the Navy (Semar).

“We organized ourselves and now we have workers who do what’s needed to keep the beaches clean. We are super organized and have the sargassum situation under control,” Biancardi said.

Local business owner Evan Mackenzie also said that the beaches are now relatively free of the seaweed. He said they have placed the artisanal nets, which has stopped about 80 percent of the sargassum from reaching the beach.

Manually placed artisanal nets help keep the sargassum from reaching the shore

“We are working with our artisanal networks to prevent sargassum from reaching the beaches and it has worked quite well for us,” he added.

Since clean up, the port of Mahahual has reported a relatively low amount of sargassum.