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Man fired from diving job after seen holding protected species

Cozumel, Q.R. — A diver from Playa del Carmen who was photographed holding a protected fish has been dismissed.

Christopher González Vaca, director of the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, says the diver who was photographed holding a Splendid Toadfish has been dismissed from the company in which he worked.

He explained that the photograph, which was posted on social media, became a outrage among the public as well as Cozumel divers. He said that they investigated and discovered that this person worked with a local diving company.

“The company he worked for decided to end their relationship with the diver,” he explained adding that this person was not qualified to operate inside the national park.

A photograph posted on social media in June shows a diver holding a protected Splendid Toadfish while inside the park.

Species inside the parks are protected. Visitors into any of the protected parks, including the Reefs National Park of Cozumel, are forbidden to touch, step on or collect any live species inside the park including sea grass, corals, fish and other marine life.