Beach cleaning efforts in Puerto Morelos to remove the sargassum or seaweed washing ashore have been boosted since the beginning of August. More than 850 people are currently involved and the number is set to top 1,000 for the next 35 days.

Cleaning brigades are patrolling the stretch of shoreline from Bahia Petempich south to the village where seaweed has washed up in larger quantities; others are removing the weed floating in the shallows. Light tractors and beach rakers are being used on some of the beaches that are not sea turtle nesting sites.

Seaweed is still coming ashore along the Mexican Caribbean coast and the amounts vary from day to day and in different locations. We will keep you posted on the statewide beach cleaning initiative, research into the causes of the seaweed invasion affecting the entire Caribbean and possible solutions.

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