The Navy predicts a mass arrival of 32,000 tonnes of Sargassum

Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda warned on Friday that more than 30,000 tons of sargassum are off the coast of Quintana Roo.

At a morning press conference by President Lopez Obrador in the city of Quintanalu, Isla Mujeres, Ogeda said the Navy was monitoring an estimated 32,000 tonnes of seaweed.

“We are trying to prevent it from reaching the beach,” he said, referring to the Navy’s efforts to collect seaweed at sea. According to the Secretary of the Navy, if it is launched on the shore, it will be removed.

“This sargassum has reached the Caribbean Sea of ​​Mexico and has been in its orbit towards the Gulf of Mexico for many hours,” Ogeda said.

“The current situation is alarming. This is Category 8. [situation]”He said, explaining that an excessive amount of sargassum could arrive at the beaches of Quintana Roo.

Monday morning Sargassum distribution map from the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network. Facebook / Red de Monitoreo del Sargazo de Quintana Roo

Maps of the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network show that 34 beaches are currently overpopulated with sargassum. A large amount of odorous and unsightly seaweed has been washed away, such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, beaches in the Tulum area and beaches along the east coast of Cozumel.

Ogeda said the Navy has removed 97 tonnes of sargassum from the sea and more than 9,000 tonnes from the beach since February 15. He said 328 Marines, 11 Sargassum collectors, 23 other boats, and 5 aviation units are supporting the Navy’s efforts to remove and collect seaweed.

The Secretary of the Navy said Sargassum affects the coastlines of many countries, but only Mexico is cooperating with federal, state and local governments to combat the problem.

“We want better results, but we are fighting the problem in some way,” Ogeda said.

The director of the Sargassum Surveillance Network in Quintana Roo said: last month Mexico’s anti-Sargassum strategy does not work.

“I’m seeing the same flaw over and over again. For example, I’ve already seen that the barrier doesn’t work because the sargassum is over. [them].. They are barriers designed for oil spill competition, “said Esteban Amaro.

Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda describes the Navy's efforts to prevent the arrival of Sargassum last Friday.
Navy Minister Rafael Ojeda discusses the Navy’s efforts to prevent the arrival of Sargassum at a presidential press conference on Friday.

It’s not just about getting sargassum off the beach Very hard work But it’s also very expensive.

A study by the Reef Systems Unit of the National Autonomous University in Puerto Morelos found that removing sargassum from the beach costs 6 to 10 million pesos ($ 293,000 to $ 488,000) per kilometer per year.

Rosa Rodriguez, the head of the unit, told the newspaper Mirenio The government should encourage the use of sargassum Industrial purpose..

“Worth to invest [in sargassum] … Research [and] Management … and Sargassum promotes the industry because it can be used in a variety of industries, “she said.

“But regulation is needed … [and] Rodriguez said, “a financial incentive to encourage its use.”

In the report from Animal Politico When Mirenio The Navy predicts a mass arrival of 32,000 tonnes of Sargassum

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