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Sea barriers successful at containing sargassum along Cancun, Mexico beaches

Cancun, Q.R. — The first of the sea fence barriers to be placed in Cancun waters has been successful. The first sargassum container was placed in the sea at Punta Nizuc and has been successful at containing and diverting the seaweed from the beach.

At the moment, there is not a lot of trapped sargasso, however, the barrier will prove successful when larger amounts arrive.

Photo: Pescador Blogero

State Tourism Secretary Marisol Vanegas reported that the arrival of the sargasso is not simultaneous to all the beaches but is alternated and never lasts more than three to five days before it’s removed by the hotels, government agencies or civil workers.

“We have 17 webcams where we can check the state of sargasso in real time. In recent days, only three of these images showed the presence of sargassum,” she explained.

Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, head of the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo explained that during this summer season, the situation has been addressed in seven of the 11 municipalities where thousands of cubic meters of the seaweed has been removed from beaches.

Marisol Vanegas added that within a maximum of 45 days, all the beaches along Quintana Roo will be free of the seaweed since it coincides with the end of the seasonal arrival of the sargassum.

In the meantime, officials will continue to work with businesses and the government to keep beaches clear of the seaweed.

On August 15, the first of the sea fence barrier was placed in waters off Cancun for a test that will eventually see them placed in 27-kilometers of waters from Cancun to Chetumal.