YUCATAN MEXICO.- Tons of sargassum infest the northern coast of Yucatan, on a 100-kilometer stretch between the ports of Sisal and Telchac.
In the last two months, the cold fronts and storms led to swells that threw large quantities of these algae that are formed by excess nutrients in the sea. Authorities point out that another cause is the accumulation of algae in the Atlantic Ocean that travels to the coasts of the Yucatan Peninsula.
“The algae are generated in a very precise area of the Atlantic Ocean between he coasts of Brazil and Africa and then the seaweed travels long ditances carried by the currents, and finally lands here. In 2018, 85 thousand cubic meters of sargassum were collected in Yucatan, so far this year there are still no indicators of the volume that Yucatan will reach”. explained Toshio Yokoyama, director of Management and Conservation of Ecosystems of the Secretariat of Sustainable Development of Yucatan.
“These massive arrivals of seaweed are being registered since 2011, and year after year, the sargassum arrives in higher volumes. It still does not generate such a severe environmental problem, but we have to work at an accelerating pace to clean it up.” Yokoyama stated.
In areas like Puerto Progreso, villagers, merchants and even tourists gather the sargasso and bury it.
Regarding Quintana Roo, during 2018, 150 thousand cubic meters of sargassum were collected and thousands of tons more remained in the water. According to researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the arrival of algae will be massive in the Mexican Caribbean this 2019; a situation that most certainly will affect the tourism activity in this important world-class destination.
Monthly reports from the University of Florida indicate that, based on floating masses in open waters, the important concentrations will be registered in Cancún, Tulum and Chetumal.
Facing this situation, UNAM experts said that a comprehensive initiative is necessary to establish the most efficient ways to collect sargassum in the open sea without harming the ecosystems.
The Yucatan Times
more recommended stories
“You don’t choose your family, they are God’s gift to you, as you are to them” (Desmond Tutu)
The Yucatan Times conducted an exclusive.
Greta Thunberg leads children and adults from 150 countries into Historic Global Climate Strike
Led by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, young.
Mexico and UK form alliance to tackle corruption and impunity
Amidst heavy rain, a good omen.
Prosecutors fined in Mexican church leader child rape case
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los.
New Culinary Tour at Cancun’s Seadust Cancun Family Resort
There’s a new culinary experience to.
AMLO casts doubt on report of Singapore interest in airport project
MEXICO CITY, Sept 20 (Reuters) –.
Head chefs in Dubai and Abu Dhabi on all things Mexican cuisine
Some of the region’s foremost Mexican.
U.S. and El Salvador sign joint immigration deal
Sept 20 (Reuters) – The U.S..
Armed men tried to stop bus bound to Mérida departing out of Bacalar
BACALAR.- A group of people traveling.
AMLO says the Mayan Train will develop Southeast Mexico which was “abandoned during the neoliberal period”
During his morning press conference in.