Barrier to protect Quintana Roo beaches from sargassum

CANCUN — The first barrier to contain and divert sargassum at sea and prevent it from clogging beaches will be placed in Cancun, at the height of Punta Nizuc, and later in Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, reported the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment (SEMA) of Quintana Roo.

After holding a meeting with Ricardo Gómez Lozano, regional coordinator of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp), the head of the SEMA, Alfredo Arellano, announced that the measure will begin this week.

The official said that, according to the consensus of research centers, academics and government, the best way to address the situation of sargassum is to divert and contain it at sea to prevent it from reaching the beaches.

“The program involves starting this week with the placement of the barrier that will be at the height of Punta Nizuc and then we will go to the municipalities of Tulum and Playa del Carmen and possibly continue in Mahahual and Puerto Morelos,” said Arellano Guillermo.

The official indicated that the flows and direction of the marine currents, of the cross currents and of the wind are reviewed, to elaborate a model and to find the most vulnerable zones to the arrival of sargassum; Based on this information, the barrier will be placed, which will be anchored to the marine subsoil, but can be removed and placed at other points.

Source: El Universal

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