Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Nearly 200 people took to the local beaches around Playa del Carmen Saturday to participate in the removal of sargasso, while the state says they are still working on the installation of the sea fences.
Organizers from Herdez and the Aquarium of Playa del Carmen rounded up team members and black garbage bags to set out for a day of seaweed removal.
“It’s the first time we’ve done it,” said volunteer Carlos Romero. “We’re in an alliance working together with the aquarium and Herdez and we’re going to do a cleaning every month from here until December,” she explained.
Organizers invited citizens to help, not only on Saturday, but all days to keep the beaches clean and free of garbage and seaweed.
The 200 beach cleaners consisted of private citizens as well as hotel and restaurant employees and civil associations including Moce Yax Cuxtal. Voluneers and city maintenance workers will continue to manually clean the beaches until the seaweed nets are placed in the sea.
The first to be placed was Punta Nizuc in Cancun, where the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment of Quintana Roo Alfredo Arellano Guillermo explained, strategic points for other areas are still being defined.
The structures will be placed in strategic areas with eight anchor points to the seabed about 300 meters from the coast. They will be placed at a 45 degree angle, respecting marine life.
In the case of the sites along the Mesoamerican Reef System, precautions will be taken to guarantee the protection of the marine life, he said, adding that the barriers will not modify the flow of marine currents, but will take advantage of them to divert the sargasso and prevent it from landing on the beaches.
“It is important to clarify that the arrival of sargasso will not be avoided 100 percent, but we do hope that the volumes that reach the coast will be much lower than we have seen,” he said.