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Mahahual fishermen say sargasso killing lobsters

Mahahual, Q.R. — Fishermen in Mahahual say that the large amounts of sargasso is having a negative impact on lobster trapping this year, with many surfacing dead.

Anselmo Leal May, president of the Cooperativa Pesquera Langosteros del Caribe, explained that sargasso weakens and kills lobsters. He explained that large volumes of the seagrass has landed along Mahahual shores, increasing the mortality rate of the lobsters.

“We have to go deeper to get the lobsters because where there is sargasso, the lobster dies,” he explained.

Leal May said that as marketers, they have plans to sell to Japan but that operation is in danger due to the sargasso.

“We have the plan to export two tons per week,” said the fisherman. Leal May indicated that their production also supplies the market throughout the state.

In March, a Canadian investor made a deal with a cooperative in Cozumel to buy live lobsters that would be shipped to Canada and Hong Kong.