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News for the Week of August 29, 2016



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Cozumel Arrivals: 11 Ships this Week
8/28- Numbers fall this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 11 ships registered to dock for the last week of August 2016. This is 5 less than the number of ships last week and 9 less than the "20 in port" which marks a "high season" number. As the Summer season begins turning to Fall for 2016, an estimated 33,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.5 million dollars behind in the local economy.

High season for cruise ship arrivals typically runs from November 15 - April 15 each year with the remaining 7 months of the year considered "low season."

This week Puerta Maya pier will be host to 6 ships docking there, 4 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 1 arrival and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 1 ship docking on Monday, 1 on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and then Saturday will bring -0- ships in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

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Scarlet Macaws in Quintana Roo Fly Free in the Wild
A program of reintroduction of the Scarlet Macaw in the wild in the States of Chiapas and Veracruz, allowed that the population of this species nearly doubled, said Rodolfo Raigoza Figueras, Manager of Fauna Silvestre of Xcaret.

The program has been promoted from Quintana Roo by experts from the private initiative of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), Civil Society organizations, as well as State and Federal authorities. A study was done in April 2013 and in Palenque and Chiapas and at that time, the population of Scarlet Macaw in Mexico was only 250 birds.

August 10th was the most recent reintroduction of Scarlet Macaws in Nanciyaga, a town of the municipality of Catemaco, Veracruz. 23 Macaws were released so the number of specimens reintroduced to their original habitats has now reached 226. “From 2013 to 2016, the population of this bird, (that reverts back to the pre-Hispanic culture of Mesoamerica) has increased by 82%, with a survival index of 91%. This proves that the program is a success” stated the specialist. The Red Macaw is a species that was almost extinct due to their illicit trafficking and the loss of their habitat.
Luxury Ferry Coming Soon
With an investment of 15 million dollars, Barcos Ultramar has acquired a new Ferry ship that will be used for VIP service for trips to Cozumel. It will have a capacity of 800 passengers and will be a first class boat unique in Mexico and it took 4 years to get it, said Arturo Báez Vega, Director of Ultramar.

"It is a 48 meter Catamaran and it will provide special services in a special area for those wishing to go on an excursion as well, although the cost would increase 20% more than the trip which currently is 163 pesos, one-way" said Baez Vega. "So far there is no change in the cost. There will only be a difference for those who choose a special area", explained Baez Vega. VIP services regularly include a preference in row seating and a private exit for getting on and off the boat.
Passion Island a Favorite Spot for Mayan Weddings
Between Rituals and Mayan ceremonies, Passion Island has become an ideal place for wedding celebrations, in keeping with the old concept that it is considered a sacred place lightened by fertility.

Today, Passion Island attracts visitors of various nationalities who join their lives in marriage, both by the pre-Hispanic rituals and religious ceremonies since it also has a chapel. The Mayan ceremony is conducted by a shaman and can be framed in a pre-Hispanic environment where Ixchel and Chac Mool, the God of rain, are included in this type of ceremony which is growing in demand.

As part of the integration to the Mayan cosmogony, these types of wedding banquets are prepared by world-class chefs and made with typical ingredients and succulent dishes of the region which makes them full of mysticism. Passion Island has received several recognitions through tourism in the Mexican romance category, so it is considered the best wedding destination in Mexico.

Three distinct ecosystems, jungle, mangroves and coral reefs, frame Passion Island, a unique place, where nature is bathed by the waters of the Caribbean Sea. Traveling between mangroves and the rainforest is a unique experience, especially when it is accompanied by figures and expressions of the ancient Mayan warriors that emerge from the undergrowth between songs and dances of the pre-Hispanic era.
Turtle Consumption Declining
Unfortunately, in Cozumel, there are people from older families who still consume turtle meat despite the fact that this is considered a federal crime. However so far on the island this season, no evidence of this illegal activity has taken place.

The sub-director of Ecology, Rafael Chacon Diaz, said that is a reality that on the island it is still a custom for older families to eat turtle meat and eggs especially in the nesting season of this species. "Fortunately this problem only occurs with the "older" families, since new generations of children and young people are aware of the risk that is involved in preying on this species since over the years, efforts have been made to raise awareness in this regard" stated Chacon.

It is believed that the same people who go to the beaches could be poaching the nests. It is very difficult to watch the entire eastern seaboard. There are more than 20 kilometers of beach and not all of it can be under surveillance at all times. One of the solutions to combat this problem is the assistance from the general public.
City Government Improves the Image of Cozumel
The Municipal Government with assistance from the Direction of Public Services will rehabilitate garbage containers that are placed on the main Avenue Rafael E. Melgar, in order to extend their usage and to improve the image for the visiting tourist. The main objective is to maintain an impeccable appearance on the main route of tourist traffic on the island.

There are 130 containers that were installed from the first half of the year 2013, which have organic and inorganic waste separators, in which gets deposited nearly 4.2 tons of trash from tourists, workers from different establishments and local people visiting the area. These containers have been exposed to the elements 24 hours a day which has resulted in deterioration and a bad image.

The official ordered workers from different tourist services as well as local people and visitors that pass through this tourist area, to take care of these dumpsters since its placement have become an important part of the image of the destination.
Man Almost Becomes a Feast for a Crocodile
A foreigner was about to be devoured by a crocodile in the lagoon of the "Aerolito" when he went to walk his dog and go swimming minutes before midnight in the vegetation and darkness, despite the warnings on such activity on that site.

Almost everyone in Cozumel has knowledge of the restriction of entering the so-called "Aerolito" lagoon, located on the right side entering the road that leads to "La Caleta" natural marina and even for those who do not know it, the municipality placed signs indicating that crocodiles are in the area.

Even with these warnings, last week a man met up with the attack of one of these reptiles. The man who is of Honduran nationality and is currently living in Cozumel, was detected minutes after midnight wandering to the entry of the Marina Fonatur (adjacent to it Caleta) with his left hand and part his right shoulder bloodied. He was attended to by the emergency unit 911. Upon arrival of the police and paramedics of the Red Cross, he was attended to at the dark entrance to the marina where he was treated with first aid and subsequently held an interview with the police stating that he was not the victim of a crime, but rather attacked by a crocodile in the lagoon while walking his dog and stepped into the freshwater. He said that he suddenly felt a strong and painful bite on the right shoulder then putting his left hand up to try to fight off the aggressor. That is how he received a bite on the hand but he managed to ward off crocodile and exit to the entrance. The authorities stated that the man was under the influence of alcoholic beverages at the time of having gotten to water.

Authorities of the city through Municipal Ecology have placed signs of caution to the presence of these reptiles in the area, yet there are many people who defy the warnings, equating them as if it were an administrative matter by the authorities, without realizing the real danger of crocodiles upon entering their habitat.
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