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Some whale shark tour companies have permits revoked

Cancun, Q.R. – At least 30 boats have been found incompliant with the guidelines to offer whale shark swimming tours.

The National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) along with Port Captaincy found 30 vessels that were not complying with the guidelines for swimming with whale sharks. For this reason, authorities are revoking their permits.

Francisco Gómez Lozano, Conap’s regional director for the Peninsula of Yucatan and Mexican Caribbean, says inspections have been made in each of the municipalities to determine how many companies will be left without permits.

This year, a total of 240 companies were granted permits, a decrease from last year to help create a more sustainable activity. Those who are expected to have their permits revoked will be replaced by companies who are in compliance with the guildelines and requirements to offer whale shark swimming tours.

“What we found is that they did not comply with security issues. There were boats without engines and even duplication of registrations and a series of irregularities that not only put at risk the tourist activity, but the species, which must be guaranteed to return year-after-year,” explained Gómez Lozano.