The Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), which the federal government assigned to keep sargassum under control on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean, declared that four municipalities are free of sargassum, including Isla Mujeres, Benito Juárez, where Cancun is located, Puerto Morelos, and Solidaridad, where Playa del Carmen is located.
As part of the General Plan for Sargassum, the federal government, local government and the private sector participate. The purchase of three tractors, four seaweed sweepers, and a four-thousand-meter-long containment barrier is planned.
According to data from the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), between 57,603.11 tons of sargassum were collected between May and July 2019, plus 286.85 tons collected at sea. This work was performed with three boats to collect the seaweed and another boat that is dedicated to what is left in the barriers. Resources from the Sanitation Law that each visitor pays per night are used to perform this cleaning.
It is important to recognize this effort and work together to avoid polluting our oceans and beaches so travelers can enjoy the Mexican Caribbean.