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Decomposing algae is ruining some beaches in Mexico

Decomposing algae is ruining some beaches in Mexico

Beaches in Mexico are becoming overwhelmed by foul-smelling sargassum, a seaweed-like alga that experts have said could be the new normal. The algae has been piling up in huge volumes at some of the most famous resorts, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum – not only ruining the beaches, …

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Globalstar Helps Researchers Track Mysterious Seaweed

Globalstar Helps Researchers Track Mysterious Seaweed

Saragassum seaweed. Photo: Wikipedia commons Dutch researchers are using drifter buoys fitted with SPOT Trace satellite trackers from Globalstar Europe Satellite Services to understand the dramatic increase of Sargassum seaweed across the North Atlantic, Globalstar announced Thursday.  The relatively harmless Sargassum, which has washed up in large quantities in the …

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Year in Review: The summer of sargassum

Year in Review: The summer of sargassum

An occasional menace in summers past, sargassum swamped Cayman’s beaches in such volumes this year, the problem became impossible to ignore. Thick mats of the foul-smelling seaweed inundated sandy coves and lingered in once-pristine bays, sending a sulphur-tinged odour leaking out across the island. Hoteliers were forced to invest thousands …

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Quintana Roo Is Ready to Combat Sargassum

Quintana Roo Is Ready to Combat Sargassum

As the 2020 seaweed season approaches, the government of Quintana Roo is ready to combat sargassum. According to a report in the Riviera Maya News, six sargassum-fighting vessels will be ready to take on the arrival of the algae. Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez noted that he has consulted with the …

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Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

Facts First: Explaining Sargassum

If you’ve walked on the beach at all this year, you know what sargassum looks like. But beyond the unsightliness and the smell, what is really happening here?  What is sargassum? Sargassum is a type of macroalgae that floats at the ocean’s surface. Each stipe (that is, stalk) and frond …

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Coral damage more catastrophic than sargassum says biologist

Coral damage more catastrophic than sargassum says biologist

Home » Coral damage more catastrophic than sargassum says biologist Cancun, Q.R. — The deputy director of Natural Protected Resources says that in the short term, coral damage from white syndrome could be more catastrophic that the effects of sargassum in terms of economic losses. Marine biologist Nallely Hernández Palacios, …

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Mexican Caribbean entangled in seaweed invasion

Mexican Caribbean entangled in seaweed invasion

Workers clear sargassum from the beach in Tulum in June. – Photo: Kayla Young It’s a hot summer day in Tulum, Mexico. The sun shines down on the white powder sand and tourists fill beach chairs along the shore. It’s an ideal day for a beach get-away. The only problem …

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