Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean

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The problem began in 2011 and the cause is still a mystery. Scientists are studying the issue and have several theories (see below articles). For now, Playa del Carmen is testing several versions of barriers to stop the sargassum from reaching the shores. Quintana Roo has invested millions of dollars to protect their shoreline.



Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean
The seaweed deluge hitting Caribbean shores
When waves of sargassum - a type of seaweed - washed up on Eastern Caribbean shores seven years ago, people hoped it was a one-off. Matted piles swamped coastlines from Tobago to Anguilla. "In 2011 it was the first time we'd seen it," says Professor Hazel Oxenford, an expert in fisheries biology and management at the University of the West Indies.


Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean
Mysterious masses of seaweed assault Caribbean islands
In retrospect, 2011 was just the first wave. That year, massive rafts of Sargassum -a brown seaweed that lives in the open ocean-washed up on beaches across the Caribbean, trapping sea turtles and filling the air with the stench of rotting eggs.

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Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean
Quintana Roo to spend 200 million pesos to fight against sargassum
Quintana Roo is about to invest around MXN $200 million, from its own funds. The works place the first barrier in Cancún begin today, which will look to deflect the seaweed in the sea and to redirect it with the help of wind and the natural sea currents.



Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean
Danish company runs sargasso pilot project in Quintana Roo - Riviera Maya News
Playa del Carmen, Q.R. - A Danish company has begun a pilot program with the installation of a sea turtle sargasso barrier that they are hoping will control sargasso along Quintana Roo beaches. Danish company Desmi announced that they have successfully completed a week of...



Sargassum Seaweed is a problem for most of the Caribbean
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