Terrible news for the Riviera Maya up to one million tonnes of sargasso forecast


In 2018 an approximate of 168 thousand tons were registered, this year it was expecting 300 percent more but everything indicates that it would be much more.

The coasts of Quintana Roo could receive up to one million tonnes of sargassum, according to the forecasts of the Sargasso Monitoring Network of Cancun.

“The model is showing us that we can reach a million tons, it is a sea of ​​sargasso, we feed the model with the currents, the wind, the tides, the prevailing winds”, explained El Financiero Esteban Amaro, director of the network and in charge of the analysis of the current situation.

The hydrobiologist said that this prediction is based on what has been seen, but that it can change depending on the climatic factors.

At the end of 2018 an approximate 168 thousand tons was registered, this year it was waiting for 300 percent more, that is, close to 500 thousand tons; however, the current conditions point to one million tons.

The Hotel Association of Cancun, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres and Playa del Carmen has already called on federal authorities since they will need at least 700 million pesos or more to work on cleaning the beaches affected by sargassum, said its president Roberto Cintrón Gomez

The highest arrival of sargassum is expected in the next two days.

The Sargasso Monitoring Network of Cancun is part of the Technical Advisory Council on Sargasso, formed in September last year, which heads the Environment Secretariat of Quintana Roo, and which includes representatives of local universities, businessmen, hoteliers and members of civil society.

Source: el financiero

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