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Quintana Roo Nears Completion of Sargassum Barrier Goal

The Quintana Roo government, in collaboration with the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment (Sema) and the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), are actively addressing the sargassum influx on the region's coasts. They have installed 5,740 meters of a planned 9,200-meter sargassum barrier. The primary goal of this initiative is to ensure the cleanliness and preservation of the beaches by collecting the macroalgae in oceanic and shallow waters.

In addition to the barrier, the efforts include 22 smaller support vessels and the oceanic sargassum vessel ARM "Natans". Through these measures, Semar has successfully collected 524 tons of sargassum from the coasts of Quintana Roo. This initiative is creating the necessary conditions for the protection, recovery, and conservation of the marine and coastal environment, according to Sema's head, Huguette Hernández Gómez.

This initiative is part of the New Agreement for the Well-being and Development of Quintana Roo, spearheaded by Governor Mara Lezama Espinosa. Recently, Hernández Gómez and the head of the governor's office, José de la Peña Ruiz de Chávez, met with Semar personnel to review the progress of the Sargasso Attention Strategy 2024.

During the meeting, the new head of the strategy, Captain C.G. DEM Mario Alberto Barrera Navarro, administrative inspector of the Ninth Naval Region, was introduced. He replaces Rear Admiral C.G DEM Francisco Figuereo Corona. Also in attendance was Captain Francisco Acona Lizama, head of the operations section of the Ninth Naval Region.