Published On: Wed, Apr 16th, 2014

25 Most Polluted Beaches in Mexico

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The National System of Information on the Quality of Water at Mexican Beaches is a combined initiative of the Ministries of the Environment, Health and Tourism, along with the Mexican Navy, created in 2003.

The process of monitoring the quality of sea water was systematized and standardized, in accordance with the World Health Organization (WHO) criteria for recreational bathing waters.

Today, the Health Laboratories of each Mexican state carry out the sampling and analysis of sea water in each of the 17 coastal states of Mexico, following guidelines emitted by the National Ministry of Health and in coordination with the different State Ministries.

To determine the level of pollution of the sea water in the 17 coastal states of Mexico, on April 8 2014, the Federal Government took 369 water samples from 269 public beaches to detect the amount of bacteria known as “Enterococcus faecalis” in its waters. This bacteria is considered a good indicator of the health status of seawater as it survives and grows in very adverse conditions.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Ministry (SEMARNAT, for its initials in Spanish) and the Ministry of Health established that the water from a beach pose a health risk if it exceeds 200 bacteria per 100 milliliters.

The cleanest beaches are less than 10 bacteria per 100 milliliters, including the beach of Bahamita in Ciudad del Carmen or San Lorenzo, both in the state of Campeche.

While the coasts of Guerrero, Yucatán, Sinaloa, Quintana Roo, Nayarit, Veracruz and Oaxaca pollution levels in water range between 4 and 40 times higher than in the cleanest beaches in the country.

According to this monitoring carried out by Federal authorities, the 25 most polluted beaches in Mexico are:

1. Playa Principal de Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 399 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

2. Hornos en Acapulco, Guerrero: 124 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

3. La Madera en Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 114 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

4. Varadero en Ixtapa, Guerrero: 106 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

5. Las Gatas en Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 104 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

6. Chicxulub en Progreso, Yucatán: 83 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

7. La Ropa en Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 73 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

8. Maviri en Los Mochis, Sinaloa: 71 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

9. Lancheros en Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo: 66 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

10. Marinero en Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: 64 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

10. Maviri 2 en Los Mochis, Sinaloa: 64 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

12. Caleta en Acapulco, Guerrero: 57 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

12. Suave en Acapulco, Guerrero: 57 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

12. Santa Ana en Veracruz, Veracruz: 57 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

15. La Ropa 2 en Zihuatanejo, Guerrero: 56 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

16. Linda en Ixtapa, Guerrero: 53 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

16. Los Corchos en Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit: 53 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

16. Playa norte de Mazatlán, Sinaloa: 53 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

19. Porto Real en la Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo: 50 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

20. Maviri 3 en Los Mochis, Sinaloa: 48 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

21. El Sesteo en Santiago Ixcuintla, Nayarit: 47 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

22. Playa principal de Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: 44 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

23. Icacos en Acapulco, Guerrero: 43 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

24. La Bocana en Huatulco, Oaxaca: 41 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

25. Playa principal de Puerto Ángel, Oaxaca: 40 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

25. Tortugas en Veracruz, Veracruz: 40 bacteria per 100 milliliters of sea water.

According to these measurements taken in early April by the Federal Government,  the main beach in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, is a health hazard that makes it “not suitable” for recreational use.

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Playa Principal de Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico (Photo CNN Mexico)

Sources:

http://mexico.cnn.com/
http://www.sandiegoreader.com/

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