Quintana Roo Governor Roberto Borge Angulo instructed the State Environmnet Secretariat (Sema) to attend a meeting to analyze the unusual situation of the recent accumulation of seaweed. Also present at the meeting were representatives from the federal government, the Natural Resources and Environment Secretariat (Semarnat) and the Navy Secretariat (Semar), as well as academic and investigation institutions.
The discussion was led by sea captain Carlos Ortega Guerra, head of the Civil Protection and Contingency Section of the Navy Chief of Staff of Mexico. Quintana Roo Semarnat representative José Luis Funes Izaguirre and Sema head Rafael Muñoz Berzunza also attended the meeting.
The scientific-technical group said the strategy to remove the seaweed will continue along the lines already established by Semarnat. The process will be coordinated by both the state government and Semarnat, explained Muñoz Berzunza.
Funes Izaguirre specified that they will continue to record the methods used to collect and dispose of the seaweed in order to have a clear, step-by-step log of the process. All the information can then be taken and analyzed as a whole to make an informed choice as to how to proceed, said the Quintana Roo Semarnat representative.
The technical procedures for containment, treatment, transport and disposal of seaweed in all coastal areas were also outlined.
The National Committee on Protected National Areas (Conanp), the Ecological Center of Akumal (CEA) and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will be the authorities responsible for evaluating seaweed containment and removal projects in Puerto Morelos, Cancún, Akumal and Tulum (and what about other beach destinations such as Mahahual?)
Essentially, this task force will propose pilot projects for seaweed management, as well as keeping a detailed log of all the collected information.
A number of other officials attended the meeting, including Captain Gildardo Alarcón Daus, Assistant Director of the Naval Protection Agency.
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