The Secretary of Tourism for the Mexican State of Quintana Roo, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, recently clarified in the Riviera Maya News that a mass Sargassum bloom on their beaches is not as severe as being reported on. She wanted to dispel the notion that Sargassum blooms are impacting all beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, and said that Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel and Holbox are largely free from the seaweed. While the media in general has been reporting on the issue of a mass Sargassum bloom that occurred in 2018, Colette Wabnitz‘s (UBC) blog about it was referenced in the Riviera Maya News piece for saying that “sargasso blooms have reportedly fouled more than 700 beaches, not only around parts of Mexico, but also in other popular beach hotspots including Belize, Cuba and the United States.”

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