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Akumal Bay to have environmental monitoring committee

Akumal, Q.R. — A new environmental monitoring committee will be set up for Akumal Bay that organizers say will help preserve and protect the area.

Due to citizen demands, a meeting has been held that will see the organization of a monitoring committee for Akumal Bay. The new committee will set a goal of protecting and conserving sea turtles, underwater flora, reefs and other flora and fauna of the area.

Once the new monitoring committee is formed, it has been agreed that a comprehensive strategy to better monitor tourist activity and services will be put into motion that will see environmental protection of the bay.

The meeting was headed by Alfredo Arellano Secretary of Ecology and Environment, Romalda Dzul, president of Tulum and Ricardo Gómez, regional director of the Peninsula of Yucatan and Mexican Caribbean of CONANP.

Other agencies involved include the Federal Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) and the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) as well as the Ministry of Tourism (SEDETUR), tourist cooperative societies, Tulum Hotels Association, Akumal Ecological Center and private tourism services companies.

Akumal will be the first to have a comprehensive shelter area for the protection of turtles, seagrass and reefs. The area will become a strategic point for conservation with the permanent presence of sea turtles since Akumal, in Mayan, means place of turtles.