Cancun, December 17, 2018
The University of South Florida launched a wake-up call for the Caribbean due to the quantities of sargassum that can arrive in 2019, which could be greater than those affected in 2018 to Quintana Roo, which caused a great impact for hoteliers of Riviera Maya and Cancun, as revealed by REPORTUR.mx (Hotels in Riviera Maya admit lower prices and occupations).
Rosa Rodríguez Martínez, a science teacher from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), who is part of the Technical Committee, informed that based on the distance at which the sargasso stains are currently present, her arrival in the Mexican Caribbean Sea may be in the first quarter of the year, according to Sipse (launched initiative to declare natural disaster arrival of sargasso).
The report of the US university was analyzed in Cancún during the second ordinary meeting of the State Technical Scientific Committee for Sargasso, which heads the Secretariat of Ecology and Environment (Sema), which was attended by representatives of various sectors of society .
The news is not good, because the accumulation of seaweed that is currently seen in the center and west of the Atlantic Ocean represents “an alarming signal” in the Caribbean by 2019, which can present a large amount of sargassum from January, similar or greater than that of 2018, the report details.
“From the spot where the sargasso stain is now, it would take approximately 32 weeks to reach the Yucatan Peninsula, and if you take into account that it reproduces in a matter of days, the amount could be greater than 2018, since (the images satellites show that) in this November there is more sargassum than last year (and that was the one that ended in 2018 in Quintana Roo), “explained the science teacher.
Source : Reportur.mx