Playa del CArmen, Q.R. — Sargassum barriers have been placed around the beach areas of Playa del Carmen, which now says the secretary of environment, should keep the seaweed off beaches.
Alfredo Arellano, Secretary of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo says that another portion of the 27-kilometers of the seaweed barriers have been placed along Playa del Carmen beaches which will stop the sargassum from reaching land.
The company Comercializadora Chaktumen of Quintana Roo finished the installation of the barriers Thursday. Alfredo Arellano says that although the barriers are in place, regular manual beach cleaning and maintenance will continue.
As part of the cleaning strategy, vehicles equipped with vacuum suction will also be used to remove piled seaweed from beaches.
The critical points for the anti-sargazo barriers include the old town of Playa del Carmen to the south of Punta Venado as well as the municipalities of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Tulum and Mahahual.
The 27 kilometers of barriers, which are being utilized by the government of Quintana Roo, are not continuous, but will be placed in sections of 500 or 1,000 meters in front of the most affected beaches only during sargasso season.
“The 27 kilometers that will be placed as containment barriers are not continuous,” he said. “They are installed in sections of 500 or 1,000 meters in front of the beaches with the greatest presence of sargasso.
“We do not know the volumes nor the exact sites to which the marine vegetation will arrive, but the objective is to guarantee that the beaches are clean and available for tourism and that the balance of the environment is also ensured.”