With the announcement by the University of Florida about the eight-kilometer cordon of sargassum moving towards the coasts, the Quintana Roo Sargassum Monitoring Network has warned that the largest landfall will occur in the summer with 650 tons that will affect the beaches of Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Cancun, Mahahual and Xcalak.
The period in which they observe a greater amount of sargassum is in summer, from June to August. “The latest report from the University of Florida states that there are 13 million tons of sargassum moving towards the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, however, according to predictions, 90 percent of the macroalgae will continue on its way to the Sea of the Sargasso and only 5 percent will reach the Mexican beaches,” said Esteban Amaro, director of the Sargasso Monitoring Network, according to Sipse.
The Mexican Caribbean expects the arrival of 650,000 tons along 9 kilometers of the coast, especially affecting Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, and Cancun, Mahahual and Xcalak, Amaro said.
The University of Florida reported 13 million tons of sargassum between the Caribbean Sea and the central Atlantic Ocean. “It does not mean that all of that sargassum is going to end up on Mexican beaches, much of that sargassum is going to continue in the sea, but approximately 5 percent may end up on Mexican beaches, which would be 650,000 tons that it is still a world of sargassum”, explained Amaro.
As reported by REPORTUR.mx, the Oceanography Laboratory of the University of Florida has detected 13 million tons of sargassum spread across the Atlantic Ocean, an unprecedented figure for a month of March, according to the newspaper El País. Experts are concerned because the months of June and July, the dates on which this mass reaches its peak and moves towards the Gulf of Mexico, are still far away.