Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State governor Carlos Joaquin says that in the coming days, they will begin work to collect the sargasso within the sea, catching it before it lands on beaches.
The seaweed will be caught in the sea through the placement of ecological fences similar to those used in oil spills. With the addition of specialized machinery, the seaweed will be collected offshore to prevent it from reaching land.
Carlos Joaquín said that the work using the new method will begin in the next few days in Playa del Carmen and Cancun, as well as at the beaches of Mahahual, Tulum, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Morelos.
The governor said that in addition to the sea collection, manual cleaning of the beaches will continue twice a day, adding that the arrival of the sargasso is expected to continue along coastlines facing east.
He explained that “A study of currents will tell us where to place these fences to prevent the sargasso from reaching the beaches,” noting the ecological fences will be placed in the water using tugboats.
“The cost of the work comes from the federation, however, we are providing state support to get the work started. We are working on a federal agreement so that we can have joint resources to carry out the project that we hope solves this problem,” Carlos Joaquin explained.
He also said that there have been some universities in the United States, especially Galveston, that have been supporting the state government to determine where and how the sargasso comes from.
“Cozumel and Isla Mujeres have been the municipalities where the seagrass has been recorded in smaller quantities since the coasts go west, because the top of the sargasso arrives precisely toward the current, toward the east”.
He said that they have been looking for different solutions for this problem.
“Beyond the legal discussion about who should clean the beach, the state government has taken the initiative to clean them because tourism and work by Quintana Roo are involved,” said Carlos Joaquín.
He noted that over the last 45 days, between government workers and private companies and citizens, 120,000 cubic meters of seaweed has been collected on 38,000 linear meters of beach across seven municipalities.
In July, Mexico’s Cemex expressed interest in attempting to turn the unwanted seagrass into energy.