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410 tons of sargassum collected in Puerto Morelos in July

By Tribune Travel

August 16, 2023

Puerto Morelos is continuing its efforts to combat sargassum by collaborating with federal authorities to remove it. The municipality is working closely with the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), the Secretary of the Navy (Semar), and the Secretary of Ecology and Environment (SEMA) to prevent sargassum from arriving.

The municipal official indicated that they would sweep and collect sargassum from south to north, starting from The Fives Hotel to Desire Riviera Maya, and from north to south, starting from Bahía Petempich to Crococun.

According to Gerardo Rosas, 6,220 tons were removed from the municipality’s coast during the first half of this year. In January, 456 tons were landed, in February 396, and in March the number surged to 1,777. In April and May, respectively 1,644 and 1,560 tons were landed. However, this number decreased substantially in June, landing at only 387 tons.

Gerardo Rosas also reported that in July, the sargassum reached volumes ranging from 9 to 20 tons per day. This matter received the attention of Zofemat and Municipal Public Service workers who collected the sargassum from the beaches on a daily basis.

The final accumulation was 410 tons during that month.

He stated that the approximately 2-kilometer municipal anti-sargassum barrier contains a large amount of sargassum and is preventing it from reaching the beaches.





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