The plan to end the Sargassum problem in Quintana Roo
The Secretary of the Navy, Rafael Ojeda Durán, has announced that $52 million pesos has been pledged to fight the sargassum problem in the Mexican Caribbean with special machinery and personnel trained to clean up the weed.
At a conference President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that the Navy detailed the strategy to combat the problem of sargassum, for which the Ministry of Tourism granted $7 million pesos and the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit another $45 million.
The Navy Secretary said that the plan includes the Navy building their own sargaceras instead of buying them from other providers. He also anticipates that in August the first of four machines will be ready, although in the long term requirements are for 10 or 12.
Plans also call for marine barriers to be installed to prevent the movement inland of sargassum, however the agency has not found a good supplier yet.
The Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Manuel Joaquín González, said that hotel occupancy has not been affected, but beach activities have been seriously curtailed,
He said that the sargassum control strategy involves direct actions on the beach to prevent it invasion, as well as strengthening actions in the municipalities to have immediate, medium and long-term results.
For his part, President López Obrador reiterated that it is not a serious problem and guaranteed that it will be resolved in due course.
He encouraged visits to Quintana Roo, as it is one of the most important tourist sites in the world.