Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Zofemat staff say over the course of a week, they have cleared just over 50 tons of sargassum from Isla Mujeres shores. The management team of the Federal Maritime and Terrestrial Zone of Isla Mujeres (Zofemat) says that this year, the island was one of the first municipalities to be affected by the arrival of the seaweed.
Keren Pinto Aguilar, director of Isla Mujeres Zofemat says that over a period of six days, they collected just over 50 tons of the algae after city officials noticed it accumulating along the island’s shores. A crew of workers armed with machinery took to the beaches, clearing them of the arriving sargassum.
Pinto Aguilar says the clearing is complete and that the beaches of Isla Mujeres are currently free of the seaweed. Sargassum has slowly begun to arrive in other parts of the state, but in small batches. At the beginning of March, officials in Mahahual set up a committee to begin dealing with the algae that has started to arrive.