Cancun, Q.R. — After a delay, the first sargassum barriers have been placed in the sea which will eventually run from Cancun to Chetumal.
The Secretary of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo, Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, says the government has begun working with the Chetumal company Goimar Logistics and Services with seaweed barrier placements in the sea.
“The project consists of the installation of a system of containment barriers that will be placed along 27 kilometers of the state coast from Cancún, head of the municipality of Benito Juárez in the north, to Chetumal Bay, head of the municipality of Othón Pompeyo Blanco to the south,” he said.
According to the development company, the containment line integrates tools used for the containment of oil spills and have been developed for the management of sargassum. The barrier is non-polluting and resistant to waves and is supported with seabed anchoring.
Once in place, the barriers will redirect the collected sargassum away from the coast. The company says the barriers are a technique for the control of natural and artificial marine contingencies. They are composed of a flotation system and polyvinyl coated canvas barrier with additives for ultraviolet ray resistance.
Once completely installed, 27 kilometers of barriers will float along the coast which will prevent a large majority of the seaweed from reaching the beaches. This project is the first one coordinated by a state government which in part, has resulted after numerous tourist complaints about the seaweed along the Yucatan coast.
The installation of the barrier system will include the municipalities of Othon P. Blanco, Benito Juárez, Solidaridad, Puerto Morelos and Tulum.