Tulum, Q.R. — Federal authorities have suspended two tourism companies for violating the Akumal Bay rules for swimming with turtles.
The suspension came Monday when officers from the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) withdrew tourists from the protected natural areas in the water and suspended two companies for using illegal tourist boats.
Profepa officials explained that on Mondays, activities for observing and swimming with sea turtles in the area is prohibited. This is in accordance with the authorization granted by the General Directorate of Wildlife of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) to the 30 permit holders.
During the period of inactivity, Profepa reinforces surveillance in the area to ensure rules of the bay are respected.
In February, Profepa developed an operation with the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), in coordination with the Secretariat of the Navy, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and Akumal community watchers.
The purpose of the new operation is to better control activities that harm the turtles, corals and sea grasses in the protected area of Akumal Bay Refuge.