Quintana Roo seeks emergency declaration by sargasso

Puerto Morelos, QR.- Before the sargasso upflow that occurs every year in the coasts of Quintana Roo, the authorities of the entity will look for a new declaration of natural disaster so that the resources are destined to the collection of the alga, informed Marisol Vanegas Pérez , holder of the State Secretary of Tourism (Sedetur) in that state.

This phenomenon generates a contingency in the municipality of Puerto Morelos , where the seaweed spot covers an extension of 30 meters thick by two kilometers long , from the shore of the beach to the interior of the sea.

Although this situation also occurs in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Mahahual, it is in Puerto Morelos where the highest incidence of this algae prevails.

In some days, you get to retire until 100 tons of sargasso .

The unexpected arrival of the algae presented on Tuesday in the port caused that the municipal authorities had to employ even the administrative staff to remove it, since the public service workers and the people hired for this work did not cope.

In the two main tourist destinations of Quintana Roo, which report occupations of 87 and 92 percent, respectively, cooperation between the hotel sector and authorities of the three levels of government keep the algae under control in full during the holiday season.

On June 22 began the program of permanent cleaning of sargassum on the beaches of seven municipalities of the entity, where an investment of 62 million pesos for these jobs over two months.

In Cancun, the program has been successful as several beaches, such as Las Perlas, Langosta, Tortugas and Gaviota Azul, visited by tourists, enjoy the waters of this holiday resort without so much sargassum in the sea.

In Playa del Carmen, although the sargasso problem is already being addressed, the tourism service providers observe that the summer season will be lower than last year .

Vanegas Pérez, head of the State Secretariat of Tourism (Sedetur), said that the hotel sector has not reported cancellations of groups of visitors by sargasso.

He explained that, although sand and sea are the main attractions of Cancun and the Riviera Maya, tourists understand that they are natural situations and that it does not occur in all the coasts of Quintana Roo.