Tulum beach cleanup begins this weekend Mexico Tulum 

Tulum beach cleanup begins this weekend

Tulum, Q.R. — Beach clean ups are getting underway along Tulum shores as thousand of kilos of garbage are removed by volunteers. Each year, more than 36 tons of garbage is removed from the coast of Quintana Roo with the most common items being plastic bottles and caps and cigarette butts, says Araceli Ramirez. The coordinator of Ocean Conservancy, says that again this year, they are part of the International Beach Cleaning, which will take place between September 23 and October 15 in the state and will include regions from…

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akumal bay, swim with sea turtles Mexico Tulum 

Bay closed but tourists continue to swim with turtles

Tulum, Q.R. — Although there is a no-swim advisory in place for Akumal Bay for the month of September, few people are adhering to the plea. For the month of September, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) has closed all swimming with sea turtles to allow for mating since September is the most active month. However, tour groups still visit the bay, swimming with the turtles in full snorkel gear. The dilemma seems to have risen as a result of the granting of permits by the General Directorate of…

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Beach improvement project for Tulum to include artificial reefs Mexico Tulum 

Beach improvement project for Tulum to include artificial reefs

Tulum, Q.R. — A beach project that has been presented to the state government for areas of Tulum is being open to the public for consultation. The improvement and stabilization project for area beaches was submitted to the federal government in July. Now, the Manifestation of Environmental Impact (MIA) will be available to the public for comment until October 5. The project Improvement and stabilization of the beach and marine areas of the Bays of Chemuyil and Chemuyilito, is by the company Promotora ECOTUR, SA de CV that would see everything from artificial reefs to the…

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Swimming with turtles at Akumal suspended for September Mexico Tulum 

Swimming with turtles at Akumal suspended for September

Tulum, Q.R. — Swimming with the turtles at Akumal Bay has been suspended for the month of September due to spawning and hatching of the sea turtles. The month of September marks the busiest month for sea turtle mating, which is why authorities have suspended all turtle swimming and sightseeing activities in the Biosphere Reserve of the Mexican Caribbean. The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) have suspended sea turtle activities until September 30 in front of the Bay of Akumal. Although sea turtle activities have been suspended, all…

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Tulum boat accident sees six injured Mexico Tulum 

Tulum boat accident sees 6 injured

Tulum, Q.R. — A boat accident on Saturday has left six injured, one critically. The accident occurred around 12:30 in the afternoon along the shores of Punta Allen when reports say a tour boat returning from whale watching failed to yield and ran into another boat that was not moving. Preventive Municipal Police arrived and found two tourists, a 29-year-old-woman and her 32-year-old husband from Italy, injured and lying on the boat Ballena. The couple, along with four others, were brought to the mainland and transported to hospital by ambulance. While…

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Akumal Bay to have environmental monitoring committee Mexico Tulum 

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…

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Riviera Maya News Mexico Tulum 

Environmentalists say Akumal Bay needs figures, monitoring

Akumal, Q.R. — Environmental officials say Akumal lacks proper monitoring and record keeping, factors that are damaging bay fauna. Paul Sánchez Navarro Russell, president of the Mexican Organization for the Conservation of the Environment, is urging government authorities at all three levels to begin a monitoring system similar to that of Mahahual and Holbox. He says that the large number of tourists that visit the Bay of Akumal on a daily basis are affecting the health of the sea turtles and damaging the sea grass. He says the number of tourists needs…

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Tulum forms Municipal Citizen Council for Animal Care and Animal Welfare Mexico Tulum 

New animal protection council for Tulum

Tulum, Q.R. — Tulum city council has created the Municipal Citizen Council for Animal Care and Animal Welfare, a council that will see to the care and protection of animals. Tulum City Council members along with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), carried out the reinstatement of the Municipal Citizen Council for Animal Care and Animal Welfare to ensure the rights of all animals. On behalf of Romi Dzul Caamal municipal president, Lenny Perez Salazar said that “These coordinated bodies invite citizen participation to help guarantee the rights of animals in Quintana Roo.” In accordance with…

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