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Old 07-22-2015   #166 (permalink)
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I've been seeing some reference to the amount of sargassum this year. My question, Is this a time of year issue, or just a one off they are seeing down there? Looking to stay at ERC but i keep seeing these negative posts about the beach. Does this beach always have this issue? Any comments about the beach at ERC are appreciated...
This has been going on since last fall.
Historic amounts.
What is ERC?
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Old 07-22-2015   #167 (permalink)
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sorry, ERC=Excellence Riviera Cancun
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Old 07-22-2015   #168 (permalink)
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Well today Mamitas was bad. Cleanest beach area is right here in front of Playa Maya. So crazy how much it changes day to day.


I'd like to hear you tell the the guest recently who alleged on TripAdvisor as one of her various complaints that we were the only place on the beach that did not clean up the seaweed (or something to that effect)...
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I'd like to hear you tell the the guest recently who alleged on TripAdvisor as one of her various complaints that we were the only place on the beach that did not clean up the seaweed (or something to that effect)...
No way! ThE guys here were the hardest working ones we saw all week between all the hotels. They did the best they were capable of doing.
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TA can sometimes be useful.

Just a few days ago, read some reviews on another hotel. It was so obvious that a bunch of the reviews were nothing more than unmitigated bullshit.
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sorry, ERC=Excellence Riviera Cancun
Ok.
No place is immune to this mess.
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Old 07-22-2015   #172 (permalink)
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Isla Mujeres ....Not one shred of the stuff
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Old 07-23-2015   #173 (permalink)
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A MUST read:DRAMATIC CLIMATE CHANGE FACTOR FOR MASSES OF SARGASSO

"DRAMATIC CLIMATE CHANGE FACTOR FOR MASSES OF SARGASSO FROM TEXAS TO TOBAGO
Gills Turnbull/RMN | July 22, 2015

Cancun, Q.R. – Beach resorts in Mexico continue to deal with the intrusive Sargasso problem that has left nearly all of its pristine beaches under a thick layer of the brown seaweed.
There has been an estimated 90 tons of sargassum algae washed up on Cancun’s beaches causing some tourists to cancel their sunny beach vacations. Mexican authorities are doing their best to deal with the issue, having recruited hundreds of diggers and machinery to clear the beaches.
The problem is not only along the Mexican coast though.
Since May, the seaweed has hit nearly every part of the Caribbean, causing major headaches from Texas all the way to the island of Tobago in the south Caribbean.
Scientists say that the seaweed is an important part of the coastal eco-system and explain that it plays an important role in beach nourishment. They also say that they have associated the massive quantities of this year’s seaweed in the Caribbean region with higher than normal temperatures and low winds, two elements that influence ocean currents.

Sargasso along Playa del Carmen beaches, July 2015
Sargassum is a floating algae that circulates through the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic where it forms the nearly 2 million-square-kilometer Sargasso Sea.
It is common for the seaweed to wash up on beaches in the Gulf, southern US Atlantic coast and northern Caribbean during the spring and summer months.
In 2011, however, the unwanted seaweed began showing up in unprecedented amounts, often in places it had never been seen before.
One example is a three-mile stretch of beach on Galveston Island, Texas where, over a 24-hour period, scientists recorded more than 8,400 tons of it. That occurred in a single day in May 2014.
Jim Franks, a senior research scientist at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, reports that the seaweed is showing up in areas where before, it had been seen only rarely or not all. He says that circulation patterns in the equatorial Atlantic even carried mats to Africa for the first time. Satellite data suggest the amount of sargassum in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic may hit an all-time high in 2015.
Tobago’s Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment began removing sargassum from 16 beaches in early May, but officials admit their efforts were futile as the seaweed simply continued to wash ashore.

Related: Earth experiencing hottest recorded temperatures in history

There have been many dramatic changes to the environment in recent years. The results of this dramatic climate change appears to be a factor in the reason for the explosion in sargassum. This means the seaweed-covered beaches from Texas to Tobago could be the new norm, a major inconvenience for beachgoers and a potential economic disaster for tourism industries."
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"DRAMATIC CLIMATE CHANGE FACTOR FOR MASSES OF SARGASSO FROM TEXAS TO TOBAGO
Gills Turnbull/RMN | July 22, 2015

Cancun, Q.R. – Beach resorts in Mexico continue to deal with the intrusive Sargasso problem that has left nearly all of its pristine beaches under a thick layer of the brown seaweed.
There has been an estimated 90 tons of sargassum algae washed up on Cancun’s beaches causing some tourists to cancel their sunny beach vacations. Mexican authorities are doing their best to deal with the issue, having recruited hundreds of diggers and machinery to clear the beaches.
The problem is not only along the Mexican coast though.
Since May, the seaweed has hit nearly every part of the Caribbean, causing major headaches from Texas all the way to the island of Tobago in the south Caribbean.
Scientists say that the seaweed is an important part of the coastal eco-system and explain that it plays an important role in beach nourishment. They also say that they have associated the massive quantities of this year’s seaweed in the Caribbean region with higher than normal temperatures and low winds, two elements that influence ocean currents.

Sargasso along Playa del Carmen beaches, July 2015
Sargassum is a floating algae that circulates through the Gulf of Mexico and North Atlantic where it forms the nearly 2 million-square-kilometer Sargasso Sea.
It is common for the seaweed to wash up on beaches in the Gulf, southern US Atlantic coast and northern Caribbean during the spring and summer months.
In 2011, however, the unwanted seaweed began showing up in unprecedented amounts, often in places it had never been seen before.
One example is a three-mile stretch of beach on Galveston Island, Texas where, over a 24-hour period, scientists recorded more than 8,400 tons of it. That occurred in a single day in May 2014.
Jim Franks, a senior research scientist at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, reports that the seaweed is showing up in areas where before, it had been seen only rarely or not all. He says that circulation patterns in the equatorial Atlantic even carried mats to Africa for the first time. Satellite data suggest the amount of sargassum in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Atlantic may hit an all-time high in 2015.
Tobago’s Division of Agriculture, Marine Affairs, Marketing and the Environment began removing sargassum from 16 beaches in early May, but officials admit their efforts were futile as the seaweed simply continued to wash ashore.

Related: Earth experiencing hottest recorded temperatures in history

There have been many dramatic changes to the environment in recent years. The results of this dramatic climate change appears to be a factor in the reason for the explosion in sargassum. This means the seaweed-covered beaches from Texas to Tobago could be the new norm, a major inconvenience for beachgoers and a potential economic disaster for tourism industries."
Well I would say Mr Turnbull is quite the, uh, shall we say admirer? of Melissa Gaskill's work in Newsweek, which I posted a link to back on page 9 if this thread. Looks like he pretty much just started with her headline and went on from there.
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Today I saw a Sargassum themed wedding.

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Today I saw a Sargassum themed wedding.

That is sad.. At least with Photoshop they will be able to get the piles of stinky sargassum out of their wedding pictures.
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Look at the bright side, the peso is 16.22
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Look at the bright side, the peso is 16.22
Not so bright for Mexicans that get paid in pesos though.
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Not so bright for Mexicans that get paid in pesos though.
They don't buy too many U.S. imports.
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When I was at Isal Mujeres last week, they had it too. Playacar Phase 1 (in front of Fishermen's Village) was cleaning it every morning. They rake it up & bury it.
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