Born of a volunteer initiative in Mexico, Sargassum Monitoring® has slowly but surely evolved into its present form. It is now a recognized data and education partner working to protect the coastal environment.
1/ Data accessibility: since 2018, Sargassum Monitoring® has been providing real-time and historical data on the occurrence of sargassum arrivals in the Caribbean. This invaluable data for researchers helps to better understand the environmental factors contributing to these blooms and their impacts on marine ecosystems.
2/ Research opportunities: Researchers use these data to conduct studies that contribute to the scientific community’s knowledge of marine biology, oceanography and the effects of climate change.
3/ Collaboration and networking: Sharing data and information via our website can lead to interdisciplinary research projects and the development of effective strategies to manage and mitigate sargassum blooms.
For tourists :
1/ Informed trip planning: Travelers visiting the Caribbean have access to real-time information on sargassum conditions in various popular coastal areas. This enables them to plan their itineraries and activities taking into account possible sargassum-related disruptions. Travelers can choose destinations and dates with a lower presence of sargassum, enhancing their overall vacation experience.
2/ Environmental awareness: Sargassum Monitoring® raises holidaymakers’ awareness of the sargassum phenomenon. This knowledge promotes responsible tourism by encouraging visitors to appreciate and respect the local environment.
3/ Support for local economies: By helping travelers make informed decisions and enjoy their trips despite the challenges of sargassum, our website indirectly supports local businesses and economies that depend on tourism. Satisfied visitors are more likely to leave positive reviews and return for future visits.
Conclusion, Sargassum Monitoring® is a valuable resource for both the scientific community and holidaymakers. It contributes to scientific research and understanding while enhancing the travel experience of those visiting the Caribbean.
Sargassum Monitoring® demystifies the Sargassum problem and raises public awareness.
Christine Mariani, French and ex-navigator, has always been sensitive to environmental problems and marine pollution. Residing since 2013 on the Riviera Maya in Mexico, she regularly has her feet in the sargassum. In 2015, in order to obtain information at the source of knowledge, she contacted Ph. D. Brian Lapointe, an algae specialist for more than 40 years at Florida Atlantic University. He explains that the phenomenon is just beginning, if nothing is done, a disaster is on the way with serious consequences for several years. Voluntary and active in this fight, Christine participates in conferences. In 2018, she created Sargassum Monitoring®. Her total involvement and the data she accumulates gives her the privilege of participating in all the “mesa de trabajo – sargazo” (work-sargassum meeting) from Cancun to Tulum. With almost 10 years of experience, it is with an expert hand that she sorts out information before sharing it with her advice on all social networks and during interviews.