A sandy beach with scattered seaweed, blue beach umbrellas, sunbathers, and buildings along the coastline under a clear sky.

“Breaking News: Quintana Roo’s Sargassum Battle Intensifies!”

Quintana Roo has so far successfully avoided an excessive influx of sargassum seaweed. However, a heavy influx is predicted for this month. In response, significant strides have been made in the installation of barriers along the coastline, according to Josefina Huguette Hernández Gómez, the head of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA).

The barriers have already been installed in Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad, with ongoing efforts in other destinations such as Mahahual. The goal is to prevent the seaweed banks from reaching the coasts of Quintana Roo. In addition, there has been progress in the transformation of the algae, with two permits already granted for the use of sargassum.

"We are in the process of installing the barriers. The Navy has already completed the installation in Puerto Morelos and Solidaridad. We are now working on Tulum, which is always a challenge due to the currents and winds," Gómez explained. "In fact, some barriers that were installed came loose, but we are working on it and hope that the weather will cooperate so we can finish the installation. We are also dealing with the loss of sand that is being caused by the collection of sargassum."

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