Mexican Caribbean destinations add Sargassum barriers in April

As the annual arrival of sargassum intensifies in popular destinations in the Mexican Caribbean, government officials have revealed that the barriers used to stop the stink algae will not be installed until April.

According to the Riviera Maya News, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez said that while the sargassum had already arrived on the beaches from Cancun to Mahahual, the Secretary of the Navy said the barriers would be put in place next month. .

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The Navy Secretary also said he had “all the necessary infrastructure to help contain Sargassum at sea”. As for seaweed that comes to shore, properties in the area used rakes and wheelbarrows to manually remove it.

Esteban Amaro of the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network said a massive mass of algae was heading towards the Mexican Caribbean and more would follow as seawater temperatures rise and help blooming algae to reproduce.

Amaro said the areas facing the biggest influx so far were Solidaridad and Tulum, with several areas between Cancun and Puerto Morelos also seeing high levels of Sargassum.

Earlier this month, Governor Joaquin Gonzalez announced plans to lift mask mandates in April as coronavirus restrictions continue to be eased.

In January, tourism officials in Quintana Roo revealed that the state welcomed more than 12.5 million visitors in 2021, about 84% of the region’s pre-pandemic totals.