City Parks and Recreation crews are working seven days a week to remove an abundance of sargassum washing ashore on local beaches and it’s not expected to go away anytime soon

Satellite imagery and offshore reports show large amounts of sargassum gathering in the Gulf of Mexico. Marine science researchers at Texas A&M University at Galveston attribute the onslaught of seaweed to a recent series of cold fronts combined with currents to form ideal conditions for keeping seaweed from drifting a shore as it normally would and instead continuing to flourish in the Gulf. . “The amounts we are seeing coming in right now are more than I have seen in the 8 summers I have been out here,” said Derek Herzog, Natural Resources and Aquatics Superintendent with the City of Corpus Christi.

High priority beach cleaning is taking place at all condominiums within the city limits, both sides of Packery Channel and the beach adjacent to Whitecap Boulevard. Workers are using front-end loaders to gather the seaweed into piles and placing it at the toe of dunes.

The massive sargassum accumulations are occurring from Galveston to South Padre Island.