What’s the news on Seaweed in Cancun?
How Bad Is Seaweed in Cancun?
It’s bad. It’s bad all over the Gulf of Mexico, including southeastern US beaches as well as numerous other Caribbean 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 the seaweed in the Caribbean from reaching the shore.
Officials don’t expect it to solve the problem (because it depends on the currents, ocean temps, 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”.(Map courtesy @RedSargazo on Facebook)
Follow the latest seaweed updates with the Riviera Maya News’ Sargassum Report.
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