Wednesday, March 29, 2023

January closes with record arrivals of sargassum in Quintana Roo

Quintana Roo > Ecology

According to a monthly report from the University of South Florida (USF), January 2023 will kick off as one of the months with the highest sargasso landings in the past 12 years, pointed out Esteban Jesus Amaro Mauricio, director of the Monitoring Network for Sargasso in Quintana Roo. Rs.

Amaro Mauricio said that monitoring the past 12 years for each month of January shows that compared to 2015 and 2018, which were very heavy years for Sargassum arrivals, this 2023 will also see a strong arrival of algae. Presents. ,

He noted that 2019 and 2021 were accompanied by a significant arrival of macroalgae to the seabed since the beginning of the year and specified that these masses of marine vegetation are observed via satellite from the mid-Atlantic to northern Brazil, and that this The point is if two or three months max will come in the Mexican Caribbean, so this will be a year in which Sargassum will have a big presence.

“This can be seen in the University of South Florida, which issues reports after the month of each year on how sargassum is growing, so there is no basis to say that sargassum will be less this year, on the contrary, you can See it will be very heavy,” he said.

It should be noted that in the recent past, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sadar) announced – based on studies conducted by the National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INPESCA) and the Interdisciplinary Center for Marine Sciences (SISIMAR) – that this A small amount of Sargassum was predicted to occur on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean during 2023. This study analyzed the volume and/or biomass behavior of two species of Sargassum: S. Nuttans and S. Flutans, which has shown explosive growth since 2011.

Took: Study predicts less sargassum on the beaches of the Mexican Caribbean this 2023

According to the numbers of the Secretary of the Navy, the agency that leads the strategy against sargassum in the Mexican Caribbean, in 2022 54 thousand 57.10 tons of this macroalgae were collected in the state of Quintana Roo, and since 2019, when the above strategy , 203 thousand 519.95 tons, carried by the Navy’s coastal sargasso vessels, small boats, containment barriers, beach sweepers, sargassum collection bands, bobcats and machinery to the municipalities of Benito Juárez, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Solidaridad, Tulum Deployed in , Cozumel and Othon P. Blanco.

Regarding the Monitoring Network, its director recalled that different beaches in the state of Quintana Roo have started to register sea fern landings from the first days of this year 2023.

He stresses that the best information reference for this event is the University of South Florida, in conjunction with the United States National Office of the Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Shows information obtained from satellite monitoring of the movement of Sargassum at each month and each beginning of the year.

Esteban Jesús Amaro Mauricio mentioned that these US bodies will issue forecasts for 2023 in February and based on this the actual situation in the Mexican Caribbean region will be discussed.

Editing: Estefania Cardina

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