2017/08/03 07:14:06
TeriA

Whole lotta sargassum goin on



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tsherr
That's too bad...I guess as long as it's not like a few years ago when they were steadily hauling dump trucks loads away, it's not the end of the world. :)
 
2017/08/03 08:40:42
pato
That does not look too bad actually.
2017/08/03 08:58:06
TeriA
It's no where near the way it was in 2015, and even if it was, it's still Akumal, and we're going in just a few more weeks.  
2017/08/04 05:34:04
bassguy66
We were there in 2015 when it was bad, and still had a nice week....we just swam around it for the most part. It's all the roped off areas, fin bans, regulations, etc. and all the hassles that are keeping me from going back. Too many other great snorkeling destinations out there that are 100% hassle free....and after all, that's what vacation is about for me.
2017/08/07 08:31:07
TomKatWpg
Hey BG66, You going back this fall? We are back at the Palladium at the end of Oct. 
2017/08/08 13:07:21
RickC5
We stayed at Secrets Silver Sands last December (2016) and the seaweed was a massive problem.  A multi-man crew would spend the entire day moving the seaweed from the north end of the resort's beach to the south end, where they dumped all the seaweed back into the ocean.  Then the next day they did it all again--for the entire week we were there.
 
Is this the new norm for the Riviera Maya?  I hope not. 
2017/08/14 18:36:26
crunch
Not at all.  It comes and goes.  sometimes none at all, sometimes a little, sometimes a lot.....
2017/08/15 06:43:37
el gran chico
Re:  "Is this the new norm for the Riviera Maya? "
 
All depends how you define "this".   If you mean lots everyday, then no.   If you mean lots one day (or even a week), then nothing other days, light other days, then yes.
 
At this point in time, it's hard to say with any reasonable level of certainty what the situation will be next week, next month, next season.  It's being studied but it's a very complicated model.
2017/08/15 11:32:56
Tricky
Booooooo
2018/02/23 06:24:55
Mellow52
I've seen some pics of HMB over on fb and its really piled up. But doesnt look any different than it did several years ago. Its mother nature doing her work.
2018/02/23 09:41:56
Craig in WI
Oh, well...still warmer and nicer than here.  Will be heading down Sunday if the airport's open!
 
2018/02/23 11:15:09
CallMeFrank
Good to see you Craig!  Have a blast and drink a couple of Sols for me!
2018/02/24 16:41:34
masterBaiter
The sargassum will make for a big pile, somewhere! :)
2018/02/27 09:21:55
tsherr
I thought there was talk about putting nets offshore to catch some of the seaweed - did that every happen?
 
It's too bad, not just for the environment, but also for tourism.  You see a lot of un-educated (and educated too, I guess) tourists complaining.
2018/02/27 10:03:51
masterBaiter
Looks like all day beach cleanin' going on today.......
2018/03/01 06:23:40
Tricky
It looked DEEP yesterday.
 

2018/03/01 07:12:02
OmahaBruce
The beach cam today is reminding me alot of 2015.  Hopefully it will not be for as extended a time period as it was then.
2018/03/01 11:36:58
bassguy66
OmahaBruce
The beach cam today is reminding me alot of 2015.  Hopefully it will not be for as extended a time period as it was then.


I was there in 2015 (April) and it was pretty bad, but the webcam shot these last few days has been brutal!!
2018/03/01 13:00:43
Angel_eh
We were there in March of 2015 and heading back in 6 days!  It's looks worse than 2015! Bummer.  Hard to relax when you see those guys slaving away trying to clear it everyday!
2018/03/02 08:11:42
el gran chico
ATV with a trailer to the rescue today! 
2018/03/02 10:15:26
Darren
No sargassum outside of my office?!  
Of course, there's no beach, no Caribbean, no Lol Ha, and no margaritas, either.  
 
Given a choice, I'll take sargassum and Akumal over my cube and lunch meetings any day.  Hurry up June, I need my yearly fix!!
 
 
2018/03/02 13:25:09
TeriA
Doesn't look too bad today.  It's good for the beach, good for the environment, bad for tourism, but, on the up side, maybe it slows down the piratas.
 
 
 

2018/03/05 10:46:25
tsherr
Is it actually good for the beach and the environment?  It looks like something that's human-caused, and that's almost always bad. :)
 
2018/03/05 11:21:30
Craig in WI
Human-caused, indeed.  This stuff is up from Brazil, where the massive influx of nutrients has encouraged growth due to deforestation.  Hasn't improved since the day or two before we got here.  I'm not one to harp on such things, but it's definitely not a good thing.  Since we're leaving tomorrow, though, it'll probably be gone by Thursday.
2018/03/06 05:58:20
crunch
How was the rest of the trip Craig?  Are they still not allowing snorkel tours in the bay?
2018/03/06 06:49:56
Kay
It crazy how much it can drift in one day and none the next. 
2018/03/06 17:11:05
Craig in WI
Hey, Crunch and Kay!  Tuesday was our last day there...no snorkel tours that day, but then again, pretty much no one around with all the to-do.  There were one or two days with little sargassum coming in, but most days it was pretty awful.  
2018/03/08 18:51:34
crunch
Sorry you had to deal with all that stuff.  The thing about Sargassum is it just comes and then gone and you can never predict.
2018/03/09 06:46:44
TeriA
tsherr
Is it actually good for the beach and the environment?  It looks like something that's human-caused, and that's almost always bad. :)
 


Well, I'm no scientist, or environmentalist, but, even though it is human caused, it does carry a lot of composting value which some of the resorts have taken advantage of, and, it slows the erosion on the beaches.  That's what I have read, but, I really have to proof of that.  I have found that most things are good for something and not everything that seems bad really ends up being bad.  Other than obstructing swimming, and smelling really bad, I wonder what damage has been done by it to the natural world.  
2018/03/24 22:24:32
fireball
We haven't been back since 2015 either.  It was awful.  I just looked at webcams and its still there.  Bassman66, Im curious about your other ideas for good shore snorkeling. After retiring, we had finally worked our way up to spending a month or 2 each winter down there, now I'm reluctant. 
2018/04/04 17:24:46
kingofsea
Any day in Akumal is a good day 
2018/04/05 10:31:32
tsherr
fireball
We haven't been back since 2015 either.  It was awful.  I just looked at webcams and its still there.  Bassman66, Im curious about your other ideas for good shore snorkeling. After retiring, we had finally worked our way up to spending a month or 2 each winter down there, now I'm reluctant. 




Yeah, it was bad back then.  Doesn't look anywhere near as bad to me now on the webcam.
2018/04/06 12:14:19
bouldergal
Check the Akumal webcam today and the piles of sargassum on the south end.  Looks like it's getting to 2015 levels... ah well, a little sargassum never hurt anyone.  I saw lots of interesting fish and sea life under the rafts of seaweed feeding when I was snorkeling.  I remember in 2015 the ABBWR workers raking endlessly and it never seemed to put a dent in the volumes of sargassum washing up.
 

2018/04/07 12:47:23
tsherr
It's pretty horrible right now.  I feel back for the grounds keepers (I see a staff person on the beach right now).  Must be hard on all people who depend on tourism as well.
2018/04/09 08:20:23
Tricky
I wish the SEAS forecast would update...
2018/04/09 17:41:23
tsherr
It looks pretty horrible today on the webcam.
2018/04/22 11:37:31
tsherr
Was there a storm recently?  It appeared to be clearing, but it's back in force today.
 
2018/05/15 09:55:25
Tricky
The weather has been rainy, and will continue that way for the next five days, with winds increasing.  Hoping it chops up the mats a little.
2018/05/15 16:27:38
crunch
Here in Cozumel it isn't bad. Last 2 days not stormy at all.  Tricky, you got the wife to go?
2018/05/15 17:42:39
Tricky
crunch
Here in Cozumel it isn't bad. Last 2 days not stormy at all.  Tricky, you got the wife to go?




Crunch, yes.  It was delicate diplomacy though.
2018/05/15 17:46:45
el gran chico
The beach is looking a lot better on the webcame this week than it has for a long time.  Of course this could change quickly but it is somewhat encouraging.
2018/07/10 21:15:21
TeriA
I've noticed that, too.  Hoping Fall is a non sargassum time of year.  
2018/07/12 05:50:25
TeriA

 
It's Baaaaccckkk!!!!  And with a vengeance. 
2018/07/17 06:57:17
el gran chico
Last week's encouragement = this week's disappointment 
2018/07/17 09:23:27
crunch
Looks awful.  Notice how it gets trapped in the piratas "guided" curcuit?  I sure do not see anyone in the water.
2018/07/17 12:26:51
Catalina

2018/07/17 14:57:41
Jamie
Was looking at the webcam yesterday about 8:30am MX time and onshore was minimal seaweed but up in the upper left, just outside the line of buoys or ropes, was what looked like a very large clump of it headed to the beach. Was a total mess by afternoon.
2018/07/17 15:55:29
Tricky
Puerto Morelos looked FUNKY today...
 

2018/07/17 17:10:30
el gran chico
2018/07/19 07:27:03
crunch
Thank you EGC.  Sad, but interesting read.
2018/07/19 12:32:10
el gran chico
Now that the sargassum is hitting Florida, NPR is covering the story.
 
https://www.npr.org/2018/07/21/630575085/masses-of-seaweed-threaten-fisheries-and-foul-beaches
 
2018/07/21 21:44:39
el gran chico
  comparison of Sargassum coverage for the entire Caribbean area in June from 2011 to 2018
2018/07/24 10:48:09
el gran chico
And here are month-to-month comparisons for each year (images are from the USF study).
 

2018/07/24 11:11:16
Gem
It was really bad when we were there in June.  The resorts on Akumal Bay try to keep up and do a pretty good job.  But down by Lolha and especially Half Moon Bay, it's just awful.  Sad to see...
2018/07/24 16:28:24
water baby
It looks like a few volunteers were helping out with the onslaught of sargassum

 
 
2018/07/27 17:21:26
kingofsea
Looks like a lot of new help.
2018/08/02 08:34:42
el gran chico
New method of sargasso collection being implemented for Cancun, Riviera Mayahttps://www.riviera-maya-news.com/new-method-of-sargasso-collection-being-implemented-for-cancun-riviera-maya/2018.html
 
2018/08/03 20:20:23
el gran chico
BBC News has an article on it today:
 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-45044513
 
 
2018/08/05 22:13:43
el gran chico
Update:
 

2018/08/09 08:16:34
Tricky
un pinche des madre
2018/08/09 22:38:06
Dollar
Heading down Thanksgiving week - Was just wondering if
there were any updates on the Seaweed/Sargassum ?  Is
it still that that's its been or has it lightened up a bit / hopefully?
2018/08/27 15:51:05
sealex
Come and goes. Last week was good. This week more came in last night after a storm. Where are you staying.?
2018/08/28 13:24:03
Dollar
Staying in Half Moon Bay - Playa Caribe which seems to
be getting the absolute worst part of all of that seagrass.
Few months back we watched as the guys were hauling
out wheelbarrels of the stuff every day and just didn't
seem to make a dent.  So we would just head up to the
Lol Ha area via golf cart - park it and hang out there for
the day.
2018/08/31 10:40:00
el gran chico
Some good news finally.   From the University of South Florida researchers report dated October 1 ....
 
So far the Caribbean Sea has experienced a record-high Sargassum bloom ever since January 2018. The maps below show Sargassum abundance, with warm colors representing high abundance. Satellite observations also showed Sargassum transport to the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Straits, and the east coast of Florida. All these observations have been are confirmed by the numerous reports of beaching events in these regions. In September 2018, the overall bloom intensity decreased from August, but still comparable to previous record in September 2015. Based on the current observations in the central West Atlantic and Caribbean Sea, we predict that the bloom intensity in the Caribbean Sea will continue to decrease in the coming months, and by November – December the bloom may dissipate significantly. Large Sargassum mats will be mostly confined in the northern Caribbean, while the southern Caribbean will be nearly free of such large mats.
2018/10/03 11:08:27
crunch
Great news.
 
2018/10/03 12:17:31
Mellow52
That is great news i will be down for 20 days in Dec. I'm staying at Del Sol and by the pics that Sergio from LBV sent me that was getting the most of it. It wont keep me doing my usual but it will make for a better stay.
2018/10/03 21:13:08

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