An investigation into the Pelagic Sargassum incursion phenomenon: A study of seaweed coastal influxes on Cozumel Island, Mexico
Luis Antonio Villalobos Robles 1 * , Kana Kuroda 2
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1 Department of Sustainable System Sciences, Graduate School of Humanities and Sustainable System Sciences, Osaka Prefecture University Osaka, JAPAN2 Graduate School of Sustainable System Sciences, Osaka Metropolitan University, Osaka, JAPAN* Corresponding Author

Abstract

The Pelagic Sargassum influx problem in Mexico and other Caribbean countries began in 2011 when seaweed arrived in extreme quantities on Mexican Caribbean coastlines. As coastal areas produce resources like fisheries, tourism, and raw materials, this creates problems for the surrounding businesses. Sargassum thrives in the Atlantic Ocean due to eutrophication, and the ocean conditions promote the shifting of these seaweed mats. This work aims to study Sargassum arrivals on Cozumel Island coasts and examine coastal lines disposition to receive the seaweed. From our findings, it was understood the importance of a good handling policy in the country and the disposition of sandy-type beaches to accumulate more Sargassum.

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Article Type: Technical Note

EUR J SUSTAIN DEV RES, Volume 8, Issue 1, 2024, Article No: em0247

https://doi.org/10.29333/ejosdr/14106

Publication date: 05 Jan 2024

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