According to Mexico News Daily, beaches in two Quintana Roo municipalities are free of sargassum, local authorities have declared.
Massive clean-up operations in Puerto Morelos, located between the resort cities of Cancún and Playa del Carmen, and Isla Mujeres have cleared the beaches of the smelly, brown seaweed that arrived en masse on the state’s coastline this year.
“Sargassum is a nightmare for the whole state but in Puerto Morelos we fought it with the support of all municipal employees. Everybody… from general managers to secretaries, police and firefighters joined the efforts to pick up the seaweed. We’ve also had the support of the hotel sector…” Puerto Morelos Mayor Laura Fernández Piña said.
“We allocated more than 80,000 man-hours to cleaning up our beaches,” she explained, adding that up to 200 tonnes of sargassum were removed on some days.
Students, taxi drivers and fishermen also contributed to the efforts.
Fernández said that Puerto Morelos authorities in conjunction with the business sector and environmental experts have established protocols to respond to future sargassum invasions to ensure that beaches – and the tourism industry – are protected.
Kerem Pinto Aguilar, an Isla Mujeres official, said that Hurricane Michael caused more sargassum to wash up on local beaches last week but it was quickly removed.
She told a press conference that government authorities, the private sector and citizens all did their bit to ensure that the visitors could enjoy the white sands and clear turquoise waters for which Isla Mujeres is famous.
“Throughout the week we didn’t drop our guard in cleaning up Playa Centro and Playa Norte and today they look beautiful,” Pinto said.
Hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of sargassum have arrived on Quintana Roo beaches over the past five months, causing a significant drop in tourism and triggering warnings of a serious environmental disaster.
State authorities said last week that the quantity of the seaweed washing up on beaches is on the decline but it won’t disappear completely until the end of the year.
Source: Mexico News Daily
more recommended stories
First ever artistic pedestrian crossing was painted in Mérida
In a joint effort between the.
Demand for solar energy duplicates in Yucatán
Sustainable energy through solar panels, is.
Naked, bruised and battered a woman runs to avoid being raped in eastern Mérida
“He grabbed me and threw me.
AMLO in Mérida to discuss “Tren Maya” project with governors and government secretaries
At 9 am on Monday, November.
Brother of the North Mérida agressor threatens victim’s relative with death
The profound indignation that the attack.
Homeless individual “caught with his pants down” on the international dock of Progreso
Julio César Junco Chablé “could not.
Stan Lee, creator of legendary Marvel comic book superheroes, dies at 95
Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel.
AMLO will turn 65 on Tuesday November 13, 2018
Sixty-five years ago, Andrés Manuel López.
How Escrow Service Protects Your Real Estate Investment in Mexico
If you purchase property in Mexico,.
Three million Venezuelans have fled economic and political crisis in their homeland
(Reuters) – Three million Venezuelans have.