Mexico Seaweed Report

Seaweed in Mexico
Yucatan Times
Updated: Aug 10th, 2022 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.

What’s the news on Seaweed in Cancun?

In a Nutshell: The state of Quintana Roo, Mexico has invested $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 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 of Seaweed in Cancun and Riviera Maya
(Map courtesy @RedSargazo on Facebook)

More Resources:

Follow the latest seaweed updates with the Riviera Maya News’ Sargassum Report.

Quintana Roo to spend 200 million pesos to fight against sargassum

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