The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated last week that less sargassum is anticipated to reach the Mexican Caribbean beaches.
The National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (Inapesca) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine Sciences (Cicimar), which have been researching the behavior and biomass of two different kinds of seaweed for some time, undertook the studies that led to the announcement.
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The two organizations concluded after studying the sargassum data that this year’s levels of the alga would be lower than last year’s and closer to the lower 2019 averages. However, it was also clarified that the occurrence of the substance is highly dependent on how ocean currents behave. Therefore, local authorities should continue prevention efforts to reduce the substance’s access to the beaches.
Cities along the Mexican Caribbean have already taken a number of precautionary measures. Various strategies are being used, including sending teams to collect the substance and erect barriers at sea.
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Travelers, residents and business owners who were worried about a repeat of last year’s invasion of the seaweed will be relieved to hear that lower levels are predicted as the sargassum season approaches.
Sargassum is a problem, but there is also trash issue on the beaches of Cancun and surrounding villages. Local authorities have made many efforts to control the situation as the trash crisis peaked last year with the rapid increase in passenger numbers.
Travelers can now look forward to the clean, picturesque beaches they have come to expect from Cancun after reports this week that authorities will once again use the same procedures that solved the problem last year.