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Permanent Sargasso barriers to be installed by end September

Cancun, Q.R. – The popular tourists regions of Cancun and the Riviera Maya are preparing for the next season with the installment of barriers meant to stop Sargasso.

The Association of Hotels of the Riviera Maya has announced that by the end of September, barriers will be installed in the sea to prevent the seaweed from reaching the beaches. The trapped kelp will be collected by specially designed boats.

Andrea Lotito, vice president of the Association of Hotels of the Riviera Maya, made the announcement after a closed-door meeting with the delegation of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources.

This move is part of a new strategy put together by both the government and private sectors in an attempt to control the Sargasso. The directorate of Federal Maritime Land for the Area of Benito Juarez says they have already begun the installation of the barriers around various parts of Cancun.

“In this new stage we’re working on implementing the use of ships that will gather the kelp in the sea where the barriers are placed (…) along the 220 kilometers of coastline in the state. The barriers intervene with the landing of the kelp where it’s divided into nine sections for removal, ” said Andrea Lotito.

The program, which has shown positive results in Cancun, has been a coordinated effort between various government agencies and public sectors. Lotito says the deadline for the installation of the sea barriers is September 30. The work will be paid for from the 150 million peso provided by federal government.

He explained that history tells them that during the month of September, the amount of Sargasso making its way toward land will slowly dissipate as winter approaches.

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