Sargassum seaweed levels are low in Cancun after Hurricane Fiona

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Hurricane Fiona is wreaking havoc with dangerous winds and heavy rain across the Caribbean. This hurricane also affected natural water currents in the region, changing the direction of sargassum seaweed, benefiting Cancun.

View of the beach at Isla Mujeres Cancun

This is reported by the Mexican news site Report, beaches in the Quintana Roa region, home to tourist destinations such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, have significantly less sargassum compared to previous weeks. Large masses of floating seaweed were washed into the Gulf of Mexico by the hurricane, cleaning the sea and its coast.

Not far from Cancun, in the coastal resort town of Playa del Carmen, sargassum reached the last record for the minimum presence of this brown seaweed. Mexican Navy Minister (SEMARby the Spanish acronym) was monitoring the region and reported that — at least until the end of the month — low levels of sargassum are expected.

two boats next to sargassum in the caribbean sea

SEMAR stated: “Category 1 Hurricane Fiona will continue to cause changes in current patterns in the Caribbean Sea, so the reduction in sargassum contribution towards the Mexican Caribbean is expected to continue, along with a gradual reduction in its reach. to Mexican beaches.”

a woman in a hat holding a pineapple on the beach

Despite the low levels of sargassum on the beautiful Caribbean coasts, travelers should exercise caution, especially given that Hurricane season has begun in Mexico and will continue until November.

Current levels of Sargassum

This is reported by the portal QR digital newslast week, 42,800 tons of sargassum arrived on the coast in the Quintana Roa region, a 48% decrease compared to the first week of September.

sargassum in the Caribbean Sea

It has significantly decreased, considering that this year the local authorities declared a record of over 62,000 tons of sargassum per day. Finally, local authorities, workers, travelers and residents seem to be taking a break from the spectacular sargassum season in 2022.

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

  • Excessive: 10.
  • Rich: 5.
  • Moderate: 10.
  • Very low: 50.
  • Without sargassum: 5.
The beach in Cancun

The 10 beaches with excessive sargassum levels are located on the east side of Cozumel Island. And the entire western side of the same island has very low levels of brown stink algae.

The three beaches in Cancun that do not have sargassum algae are on Isla Mujeres: Punta Sur, Playa Centro, and Playa Norte— the most beautiful beach in Mexico. Other clean spots are Isla Contoi and Chiquila Beach.

Battle against Sargassum

Aerial view of the coast of Cancun with sargassum

Tourism has been threatened by the impressive masses of sargassum arriving on the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Local authorities, along with local businesses, hotels, resorts and residents, are working diligently to remove seaweed from the coast to allow tourists to enjoy the beaches and reduce the foul odors created by decomposing seaweed.

Man holding sargassum seaweed

Due to the natural behavior of sargassum and the impact of Hurricane Fiona, its presence has been reduced and measures have been taken to control the algae. A a new sorghum barrier was recently installed in the water at Tulum National Park so that seaweed does not reach the shore and the size of 2.4 km.

The barrier strategy will be tested with lower levels of sargassum and will hopefully allow travelers to enjoy the white sands and pristine waters of this prime location in the Quintana Roa region. Seaweed captured by the barrier will be collected by boats, and then placed for this purpose in special landfills.

a beach in Cancun with sargassum algae

More and more beaches in the Mexican Caribbean are being freed from sargassum, and the best beaches and destinations in Cancun are now more pleasant.

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