Cancun, Q.R. – Operations to void poaching has begun in three major tourist marine parks in the municipalities of Cancun and Isla Mujeres.
The Costa Occidental National Park of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancún and Punta Nizuc has begun monitoring the areas to avoid illegal fishing and to ensure permits are in order for those who are in the areas.
Park manager, Arturo González explained, “We are trying to strengthen actions to avoid vessels that do not have permits to be in the area while promoting good practices since there are people who do not respect exclusion sites and anchor in areas where fishing is prohibited.”
He said that the most critical points that require monitoring for poaching are in the reef area of Cuevones and part of Punta Cancún. He noted that during the busy times such as high tourist season, it is normal to see an increase in illegal activity in these areas.
This year, González said that several complaints have already been filed with the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) for illegal fishing and for vessels being in the area without authorization.
For this year, 613 boats are permitted to be in the marine park, however, there are many that enter the park for illegal activity and without permits. The poaching operation is in conjunction with Profepa and Port Captaincy.