Sargassum algae at low levels in Cancun after the passage of Hurricane Fiona

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Hurricane Fiona has been wreaking havoc with its dangerous winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean. This hurricane has also affected the natural water currents in the region, changing the direction of the sargassum algae, benefiting Cancun.

View of the beach in Isla Mujeres Cancun

As reported by the Mexican news website Reportur, the beaches of the Quintana Roo region, where tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum are located, have considerably less sargassum compared to previous weeks. The large masses of floating algae have been dragged by the hurricane into the Gulf of Mexico, clearing the sea and its coast.

Near Cancun, in the coastal resort of Playa del Carmen, sargassum has reached a recent record for the minimum presence of this brown algae. The Secretary of the Navy of Mexico (SEMAR) has been monitoring the region and reported that low levels of sargassum are expected, at least for the rest of the month.

two boats next to the sargassum in the Caribbean

SEMAR stated: “Hurricane Fiona, category 1, will continue to cause changes in the structure of currents in the Caribbean Sea, so it is expected that the reduction in sargassum contributions to the Mexican Caribbean will continue, as well as a gradual decrease. of its reach to the Mexican beaches”.

woman with hat holding a pineapple on the beach

Despite the low levels of sargassum on the beautiful Caribbean coasts, travelers should remain cautious, especially considering that the hurricane season in Mexico has begun and will last until November.

Current levels of sargassum

According to information shared by the Digital News QR portal, last week 42,800 tons of sargassum arrived on the coast of the Quintana Roo region, 48% less compared to the first week of September.

sargassum in the caribbean sea

It has decreased significantly considering that this year, local authorities announced records of more than 62,000 tons of sargassum per day. Finally, local authorities, workers, travelers and residents seem to be taking a breather from the impressive sargassum season seen in 2022.

Currently, the Oceanographic Institute of the Gulf and the Caribbean Sea has classified sargassum levels as “moderate” in the Mexican Caribbean. The Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network shared a report on the quantities of sargassum for the 80 most popular beaches on the coast of the region:

  • Excessive: 10.
  • Abundant: 5.
  • Moderate: 10.
  • Very low: 50.
  • Without sargassum: 5.
Beach in Cancun

The 10 beaches with excessive levels of sargassum are located on the eastern side of the island of Cozumel. And the entire west side of the same island has very low levels of smelly brown algae.

Three of the beaches in Cancun that do not have the presence of sargassum algae are located on Isla Mujeres: Punta Sur, Playa Centro and Playa Norte, the most beautiful beach in Mexico. The other clean places are Isla Contoy and Playa Chiquila.

The battle against sargassum

Aerial view of the Cancun coast with sargassum

Tourism has been threatened by the impressive masses of sargassum that reach the Mexican Caribbean coast. Local authorities along with local businesses, hotels, resorts and residents have been working hard to remove algae from the shoreline to allow tourists to enjoy the beaches and reduce the unpleasant odor that algae produces when it decomposes.

person with sargassum seaweed

Due to the natural behavior of sargassum and the impact of Hurricane Fiona, its presence has been reduced and, to control the algae, actions have also been taken. A new barrier against sargassum was recently installed in the water of the Tulum National Park to prevent algae from reaching the shore and measures 2.4 km.

The barrier strategy will be tested with lower levels of sargassum and hopefully allow travelers to enjoy the white sand and crystal clear waters of this top destination in the Quintana Roo region. The algae captured by the barrier will be collected by boats and subsequently deposited in special landfills for this purpose.

Beach in Cancun with sargassum seaweed

More and more beaches in the Mexican Caribbean are becoming free of sargassum, and the best beaches and destinations in Cancun are currently more pleasant.

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