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Riviera Maya hotels asked to take care when removing seaweed

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Six hotels have been reported for undue care and attention when using machinery to remove seaweed from beach areas.

In May, the State Committee of Marine Turtles of Quintana Roo reported six hotels to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) for dangerous practices around nesting points.

Lucelly Ramos Montejo, president of the committee, explained that those reports were the first that occurred when hotels began removing seaweed from their beaches.

“All hotels are being asked to be very careful about introducing heavy machinery in the beach areas. Verify that there are no nests near or in the area where cleaning is being done.

“The guidelines established by Semarnat must be complied with,” she said. “Preferably its done manually.”

She noted that of the six cases, two refer to nesting sites located on concessioned beach areas along the southern coast of the municipality of Solidaridad, while the other four are in the central area of Playa del Carmen.

“The notifications are being sent to Profepa so that they do the respective thing. We have six cases, along the 88 kilometers of coastline that the municipality has, two hotels to Tulum and the rest in the downtown area,” she added.

Hotels began the removal of the seagrass in April, many of which have hired heavy machinery for the removal, a process that can cause damage if not done with care. Ramos Montejo explained that by the end of May, 18 sea turtle nests were already registered in Solidaridad.

Municipal protection committees for sea turtle nests extend to other municipalities including Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Solidaridad.