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Semar reports significant decrease in arriving sargassum after recent evaluation

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — The Secretary of the Navy (Semar) has reported a significant decrease in arriving sargassum. On Sunday, Semar said that a recent evaluation shows a substantial decrease which will likely be felt from the second week of September forward.

The Secretaría de Marina (Semar), through the Ninth Naval Region based in Isla Mujeres, reported that the Oceanographic Institute of the Gulf and Caribbean Sea recently carried out an evaluation to determine sargassum amounts that could reach Quintana Roo beaches.

They reported observing a reduction in floating algae in the Mexican Caribbean, which is encouraging given the ongoing efforts since February to remove what does make it to the populated beaches.

Lesser amounts are being spotted floating toward the coast of Quintana Roo. Photo: Semar

Semar says to date, the most intense landfalls occurred during the month of May when more than 60,000 tons of floating sargassum was observed in the Caribbean. However, in the month of August, a decrease was detected in the amounts that landed compared to previous months.

“It is important to mention that some landfall may occur, but with less frequency in time and quantity, which would occur as part of the variations in wind speed and the Yucatan current coupled with the presence of hydrometeorological hazards in the current tropical cyclone season,” Semar reported in a statement.