The beaches in Mahahual are finally starting to get clear of all the Sargassum seaweed. the Mexican government has started a temporary worker program to clean the beaches of all the seaweed. I have seen crews hard at work every day. This morning they were in front of my place cleaning the beach.
They have had trucks and workers on the malecon all week, and you can start to see the difference. This program is called the Temporary Employment Program Mahahual 2015. This program pays local residents here to manually clear the beaches everyday. They have been hard at work all week, and the beaches are starting to get clear of the seaweed.
This is happening all along the Caribbean Sea here in Mexico, and every beach area has its own program of temporary workers. They clean the beaches manually, and trucks come by and pick up the seaweed after it has been gathered in big piles.
Mexican authorities say they will spend about $9.1 million and hire 4,600 temporary workers to clean up mounds of seaweed that have accumulated in recent weeks along the Caribbean coast.
Part of that money will go to a plan to test whether the Sargassum seaweed can be collected in the sea before it reaches shore.
The Environment Department said recently that while machinery may be used on some beaches, manual collection will be used in protected areas, some of which are nesting grounds for sea turtles.
The seaweed removal will cover Holbox in the north through Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Playa de Carmen, Cozumel, Akumal, Tulum and as far south as Mahahual.
Sargassum is an algae that grows in the Sargasso Sea, a large body of warm water in the mid-Atlantic.
So every day now along the malecon here in Mahahual, you see men, women, and even some children helping out loading seaweed into wheel barrows, to be picked up by trucks. Trust me, it is not easy work, and it is very hot here now, so they are earning their money.
So rest assured, if you are coming here to Mahahual on a cruise ship, or on a vacation, the beaches here will be cleaned of all the seaweed that has invaded the Caribbean recently. The Mexican government is making sure this problem does not hinder tourism in the near future.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina