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Hundreds of lifejackets donated to area fishermen as part of Ultramar recycling program

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — Nearly 400 lifejackets have been donated to fishermen on Isla Mujeres as part of Ultramar’s equipment recycling program.

For the third year in a row, the company has donated hundreds of lifejackets they say, are in perfect condition. Arturo Baez Vega, manager that covers the Isla Mujeres to Gran Puerto route, explained that Ultramar is replacing their lifejackets for safety purposes.

For the last three years, the used lifejackets have been donated to area fishermen and tourist service providers. To date, about 2,000 lifejackets have been recycled through the donations with the latest donation helping 400 island fisherman.

Baez Vega said “For the fishermen, it represents a great opportunity since this way they avoid an extra expense of complying with the security norms that the port captaincy requires.”

He said that although many of the jackets are practically new, the company needed to replace them in order to comply with the new requirements of the Official Mexican Standard.

The lifejackets will be distributed to fishermen throughout Isla Mujeres, Puerto Juarez and Isla Cozumel.