Find a solution to the increasing sargassum problem in the Mexican Caribbean coastline
Posted by David Gallardo | Mexico City, Mexico
Sargassum (brownish seaweed) has always been an annual guest in the beaches of the Mexican caribbean, but since 5 or so years ago, it has been increasing to extreme levels, and this year it became something unbelievable.
The amount of it now has created problems to the communities as it threatens not only the tourism (but also fishers are having difficulty getting out to fish because it's filling up their bays, marinas and harbors.
This is a problem that needs science because the increase needs and explanation and a solution: it was thought to come from the Sargasso Sea but some researchers traced the seaweed to a massive bloom that has appeared off the coast of Brazil.
This also can happen fast: as I mentioned, a few years ago it was not there, so it can have a prompt solution.
It is definitely doable: the Mexican local government is already installing containment barriers, but it seems like a temporal solution and it does not solve the problem in it's origin.