Sargassum invades the coasts of Florida

Sargassum invades the coasts of Florida

Sargassum invades Florida beaches as it did in Cancun, Mexico
Redacción | UN1ÓN | 11/06/2019 13:36

The sargassum reached the coast of Florida, after it is present in the Mexican Caribbean.

The effects of sargassum have an impact on the tourism industry in the area.

"A global change is taking place and sargassum is becoming harmful. In fact, it is the largest blooming of harmful algae on Earth, "said Brian Lapointe, a research professor at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University.

In images it was shown how the recale arrived in Florida, covering the sand of the beaches. The forecast that was published on May 30 is 556 square miles of sargassum floating in the Caribbean Sea and the western Atlantic.

This number is ten times greater than the historical average for the same period of time between 2011-2017 and greater than May 2018. Ocean currents and winds caused by climate change are one of the culprits of the arrival of sargassum, said the specialist.

Also, one of the main reasons for the origin of the sargassum could be deforestation in the Amazon basin and the use of fertilizers that, together with the rain, favors the flowering of the algae. The bad smell and the accumulation of sargassum scare tourists away from the beaches.

The UNAM revealed last May that sargassum puts the Caribbean Sea at risk, as it seriously affects its waters, its white beaches and the great diversity of animal and coral reef species that exist in the area.

Their speed of growth and invasion on the beaches has earned them the nickname of "gulf weeds".

On June 27, the Sargasso Summit will be held at the Moon Palace hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo.

At present, the heads of the Government, Ecology and Environment, Tourism, Public Works, Finance and Planning and Senior Officials offices are instructed to establish the protocols in a coordinated manner.

With information from Reportur.