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Tulum hotel caught dumping seaweed in marked nesting site

Tulum, Q.R. — Sargasso removal has been stopped by federal environmental officials after they found a Tulum hotel removing seaweed from their beach and dumping it in a marked turtle nesting area.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection stopped the work and activities in an area of almost 10,000 square meters located within the polygon of Tulum National Park. They say that inside the area, staff were removing sargasso and depositing it on a coastal dune area where sea turtle nests are marked.

In a public report, inspectors said they made a visit to verify compliance with environmental legislation of work and activities of the hotel. During the inspection they found the installation of booths for aquatic-recreational activities as well as the removal of sargasso and sand in the beach area.

In the federal maritime terrestrial zone, the hotel was depositing their seaweed and forming mounds adjacent to the Hotel Poc Na in the Tulum National Park.

The sargasso was removed manually using rakes and wheelbarrows but dumped in area of marked sea turtle nests.

Environmental officials say the hotel also lacked the authorization from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources to install the activity booths and have been cited with a temporary partial closure of their facilities.