March 7, 2021

Sargassum seaweed cleaning begins on the tourist beaches of Miami Beach

The Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County authorities began an operation Friday to remove the sargassum that has accumulated on some beaches in the tourist city of South Florida (USA).

The operation will take place during the next few days between streets 26 and 32 of the city, a strip of high concentration of hotels and whose coastal strip has been invaded by the sargassum seaweed, especially in docks and breakwaters that serve as protection for beaches.

The initiative seeks to maintain "pristine" beaches for residents and tourists, as commissioner Ricky Arriola said at a press conference, who highlighted the spirit of the city to succeed in the different "invasive species" it faces.

The director of the Miami-Dade County Parks Department, María Nardi, highlighted the implementation of the initiative, which will subsequently continue in other areas of the city, because "the sargassum has accumulated excessively."

In turn, Commissioner John Elizabeth Aleman highlighted the authorities' commitment to also protect local marine life against the problem of sargassum, which will require "a permanent solution."

As recently noted in a report by the University of South Florida (USF), this year an invasion of brown algae is even worse than that of 2018 as long as the spill of nutrients to the Atlantic from the African and South American coast persists.

After the discovery of the greatest flowering of these macroalgae in the world, with a length of up to 8,850 kilometers, thanks to the analysis of NASA satellite images, the university detailed in a study the impact that this "invasion" will have on the Florida peninsula

In this state, where tourism plays an important role in the economy of the region, its appearance was noticed with great force from 2011 and has been increasing, with the exception of 2013, until reaching a record in 2018, according to the study.

As Mengqiu Wang, head of the research, said, "such recurrent blooms can become the new normal."

For now, tourists and residents complain about the smell where this seaweed accumulates and the yellowish appearance of water on some tourist beaches, usually crystalline.

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