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Excessive Algal Blooms Reach the Mexican Coast
International, 7/21/2015

Hundreds of workers in the tourism sector in Mexico are involved in mining activities to remove the large amount of kelp that arrived at the Gaviota Azul beach in Cancun, which received in recent days an estimated 1,500 cubic meters of seaweed. The head of the municipal office of Federal Maritime Zone (Zofemat, by its acronym in Spanish), Eduardo Mariscal de la Selva, said that with the increase in kelp landfall on the coast of Quintana Roo, due to this unusual natural phenomenon, the work focused on a stretch of 600 meters from Playa Gaviota Azul affected by this phenomenon. This is the public access beach which is located at kilometer 9.5 of the Kukulcan Avenue, point also known as Punta Cancun, where the night life of the iconic tourist destination is concentrated, but is also preferred by the population because of its calm waters.

As recorded by the article, published by the website 20minutes, the official stated that at this point the cleanup staff participates in the management of municipal public services of Zofemat, the National Fund for Tourism Development (FONATUR), private concessionary companies and volunteers, to join forces in this task. He explained that, in coordination with the Zofemat and directorate of Tourism, they spoke with the beach club, a hotel and a shopping plaza, located next to Playa Gaviota, to invite them to join this simultaneous cleaning task, and participate with material and human resources. In addition, he said that a group of 25 juvenile offenders with administrative violations, held at the Center for Municipal Retention, voluntarily agreed to do maintenance on the sand, and thus completing their sanctions.

The excessive outcrop of these brown algae is a new phenomenon, first registered in 2011, and is impacting the Caribbean.


Topic(s):    Biodiversity