Video: Installation of sargassum sea barriers begins on the Riviera Maya


The arrival of sargassum has prompted early intervention with the installation of sea barriers along the coasts of Mahahual and Xcalak.

Approximately 1,850 meters of sargassum barriers will be placed in the sea by the company Darkatso. The installation of the barriers began over the weekend as anchors were placed in the seabed. The company says that 1,200 meters of barrier will be placed off the coast of Mahahual to protect its beaches, while 652 meters of the same material will be installed off the beaches of Xcalak, to the south.

Once the seabed anchors have been secured, elements from the Mexican Navy will arrive to help install the floating barriers. The barriers are being put into place before the anticipated arrival of sargassum since some of the seaweed has already begun to wash up on shores.

Sargassum in Quintana Roo

Find out which beaches are algae-free today in: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and the Riviera Maya and which are the most affected with our real-time sargassum monitoring of the Quintana Roo coast.

Sargassum report today in Quintana Roo

Sargasso Citizen Observatory reports:

The current situation of the distribution of sargassum in Quintana Roo is mixed with a predominantly low concentration trend of the algae; Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres and Chetumal are today free of sargassum and 10 of the 17 tourist destinations that make up the region have the majority of their beaches with little sargassum: Holbox, Costa Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Akumal, Tulum, Sian Kaan, Punta Allen, and Xcalak.

Meanwhile, the destinations Cancun, Riviera Cancun, and Mahahual have received moderate calls distributed along their beaches.

At the moment the tourist destination that registers the greatest number of affected beaches is Playa del Carmen, most of its beaches are being affected by abundant calls.

In summary, of the 133 beaches observed in this region, 10.5% are free of the algae, 56.4% have a low concentration of sargassum, 30.8% report moderate sargassum on its coast, followed by 2.3% that have been invaded by reefs. abundant. Fortunately, none of the observed beaches is severely affected.

Video News Report May 7th, 2020

Sargassum conditions in Cancun and Quintana Roo

Where to swim without sargassum today?

List of sargassum-free beaches by area, detailed information on each.Holbox – 1 BeachesIsla Contoy – 1 BeachesIsla Mujeres – 5 BeachesCozumel – 4 BeachesAkumal – 1 BeachesTulum – 1 BeachesChetumal – 1 Beaches

More options to enjoy the sea with low presence of the seaweed

We also recommend visiting these beaches since the concentration of sargassum is very low.Holbox – 3 BeachesCosta Mujeres – 4 BeachesCancun – 10 BeachesPuerto Morelos – 5 BeachesPlaya del Carmen – 4 BeachesRiviera Maya – 10 BeachesCozumel – 6 BeachesAkumal – 3 BeachesTulum – 11 BeachesSian Kaan – 7 BeachesPunta Allen – 6 BeachesXcalak – 6 Beaches

Forecast for sargassum in Quintana Roo for the next days

Floating algae density in Quintana Roo, in terms of area coverage percentage. The density is calculated as an average of the last 7 days (including the current day), and is based on the corresponding alternate floating algae index (AFAI) images. Mapping and quantification of the distribution and coverage of sargassum in the central-western Atlantic using MODIS observations.


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