Yucatán - Heavy metals detected in sargassum that reaches the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula

CICY Asks Institutes To Take Advantage Of Sargassum And Avoid Pollution Of The Beaches.

CICY Asks Institutes To Take Advantage Of Sargassum And Avoid Pollution Of The Beaches.

Mérida, Yucatán, (November 22, 2021).- Focused on identifying how sargassum is constituted to delimit what its multiple applications may be for the benefit of society, the project ‘Technical studies for the characterization of sargassum oriented to the generation of regulations associated with risks and its potential productive use’, reveals that the algae that annually they arrive at the coastal strip of the Yucatan Peninsula, have high levels of heavy metals. However, it is expected that this will not represent a major problem in its future use.

The director of the Renewable Energy Unit (UER) of the Yucatan Scientific Research Center (CICY), Dr. Raúl Tapia Tussell, explained that, although it is true that sargassum burr is a problem that mainly affects the peninsular region In terms of tourism, there are bodies and institutions that are currently working on creating alternatives to take advantage of the potential raw material.

This is precisely one of the objectives of the studies currently being carried out by CICY, in collaboration with other institutes.

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