Mexico: Caribbean seaweed infest Mexican beaches

Mexico Caribbean seaweed

Mexico Caribbean seaweed — Mexico will invest about $ 2.7 million to fight against sargasses, foul-smelling seaweeds that affect its Caribbean paradise beaches, including building special ships, the Mexican Navy Minister said on Monday.

The first boat will be ready “in a few months”, said at a press conference Rafael Ojeda, while indicating that it will take a dozen to combat this scourge.

To reduce costs, Mexico will build these boats, called “Sargaceras”, which can suck the seaweed from the ocean, and in some cases to condition them.

“We are convinced that we are going to solve this problem,” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday, while tourist activities were particularly affected in the state of Quintana Roo (east), where are the seaside resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen.

According to scientists, Sargassum is being pushed by winds and currents from an area detected in 2011 between South America and Africa. Until then, only one sea of ​​Sargassum existed in the North Atlantic in the eastern United States.

Nutrients – remnants of human activity – from major rivers, soil desertification, and global warming favor their proliferation, experts say.

Studies have shown that after a first wave in 2015, the phenomenon exploded in Mexico in 2018 with the arrival of 24 million cubic meters, the equivalent of 3,000 football fields covered by a meter of Sargassum.

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Sargassas touch the coasts of Caribbean countries, from Mexico to the Caribbean, and give off drying hydrogen sulphide and ammonia, which can cause headaches, nausea and vomiting.

Sarah Ali

Sarah is currently pursuing a degree in Pharmacology at the University of Florida. She focuses on health news and tips for The Talking Democrat.