Mexico Seaweed Report

Seaweed in Mexico
Yucatan Times

You say seaweed, we say sargassum….and those fancy-pants Floridians say ‘red bloom’…..we gotta admit, ‘red bloom’ does make it sound better, although not by much.

In a Nutshell: The state of Quintana Roo, Mexico is investing $200 million pesos (about $10 million USD) to combat the seaweed problem with some creative plans to deflect (most of) the stuff before it hits the beaches, making the daily beach cleaning faster and easier.

How Bad Is It? It’s bad. It’s bad all over the Gulf of Mexico, including US beaches as well as numerous other countries, but when folks head to Mexico for a beach getaway, they don’t want to have to wade through piles of stinky rotting seaweed to get to the water. And it’s having a negative effect on tourism wherever it’s making landfall.

SO, Q-Roo (the state’s rapper name) is stepping up it’s game and has contracted with a company to use a plastic barriers (made out of canvas, with buoys to float) to block most of it from reaching the shore.

Officials don’t expect it to solve the problem (because it depends on the currents and the wind), but claim that it can reduce the quantity of seaweed that arrives at the beaches.

And for you fish-huggers, don’t worry about the fauna, because the Ecology and Environment Secretary swears that they can just “swim right under it”.

Resources:
Quintana Roo to spend 200 million pesos to fight against sargassum

Want to know more about sargassum?
Holy Sargassum! Seaweed Invasion
Lots of sun, and brown slimy seaweed, in the forecast for South Florida beaches

About Trisha Miller 46 Articles
Trisha is the Editor-in-Chief at Travel Writers Exchange, a community for travel writers & bloggers. She's also a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a former member of the IFWTWA, serving on their Board of Directors from 2009 through 2015. When not traveling the world, Trisha occasionally guest-blogs for a number of websites, writing mainly about travel and technology, sometimes both at the same time.

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