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Profepa needs to determine source of reef contaminant says environmental director

Cozumel, Q.R. — A recent environmental study revealed that while the overall health of the coral reef system at Cozumel was good, the reef had several red areas where a high algae content was detected, leaving officials to find its cause.

Since the report, Rafael Chacón, director of the Environmental Education Center of the Parks and Museums Foundation of Cozumel, says it is the responsibility of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (Profepa) to verify if the dolphinarium treatment plant, which was named as a possible contaminant contributor, meets the conditions established in its environmental authorization.

He notes that they need to put an end to it if the coral reef is being damaged.

In regard to the algae on the Chankanaab reef, he indicated that it will be up to Profepa to verify this and establish mitigation plans to avoid these impacts if the plant is found to be the source of the algae.

He added that the dolphin company has its own plan and manifestation of impact to carry out their activities, and they would be directly responsible if something is happening, saying that for 12 years there has been damage to the reefs along the island, which is a direct affect from the number of visitors they receive.

The foundation has a coral planting project for Chankanaab which is expected to get underway this week.