The economic loss due to red tide in Yucatán could reach USD 163 million, according to a fishermen's association. (Photo:Stock File/FIS)
More technology urged to stop red tide effects
Thursday, August 18, 2011, 23:10 (GMT + 9)
A researcher at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies (Cinvestav) from the National Polytechnic raised the need to invest in technology to generate data on natural phenomena such as red tide and to prevent possible consequences.
Researcher Jorge Herrera Silveira has proposed oceanographic buoys to assist in learning about the sea conditions and predict the occurrence of red tide up to 15 days in advance.
While the expert considers it is necessary for the inhabitants and fishermen to learn to live with this phenomenon, "as it is the case of hurricanes," he has stressed that the information that could be collected with this technology would be useful to "take prevention and mitigation measures."
Multi-sensor oceanographic buoys are used to determine the level of chlorophyll in the water, temperature, wind, waves, current direction and the presence of red tide and its evolution, Notimex reported.
Nine buoys cost about MXN 25 million (USD 2 million), so Herrera has called the state and federal public sector, and the business field to provide the resources to acquire this technology.
Between 28 and 29 August, a group of scientists from the Universities of South Florida and Baja California, and from the National Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity, will conduct studies in the area of Cabo Catoche. According to the researcher, this mission will be helpful to obtain satellite images of red tide and have "an extra instrument to collect information," in order to ascertain where red tide is and to issue alerts related to the consumption of marine resources.
On the other hand, the president of the Federation of Fisheries Cooperative Associations from the Centre West of Yucatán, Jose Luis Carrillo Galaz warned that the economic losses due to red tide in waters of Yucatán could amount to MXN 2,000 million (USD 163.3 million), El Financiero online reported.
The Commission Against Sanitary Risks (Copriscam) explained that studies have been conducted off the coast of Campeche and the presence of the algae that cause red tide has not been detected, according to Azteca Noticias.
By Analia Murias