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News for the Week of July 18, 2016



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Cozumel Arrivals: 11 Ships this Week
7/17 - Numbers fall this week in Cozumel as cruise ship arrivals show 11 ships registered to dock for the third week of July 2016. This is 6 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 is in full swing for 2016, an estimated 33,000 people will visit Cozumel this week via these cruise ships leaving an estimated US$ 2.3 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 7 ships docking there, 3 ships will dock at TMM/SSA International pier while Punta Langosta pier will see 1 arrivals and the downtown San Miguel pier will have -0- arrivals with passengers tendering in.

This week begins with 2 ships docking on Monday, -0- on Tuesday, 1 ship Wednesday, 4 on Thursday, 3 on Friday and then Saturday will bring 1 ship in port and Sunday will see -0- ships in port.

View the Cruise Ship Calendar for this Week
Municipal Government Repairs Lighting to Keep the City Safe
One of the main objectives of the current City Hall is to provide security to visitors and inhabitants of the island, so through the direction of public services, this municipal management has rehabilitated 7,171 street lights in different colonies and tourist areas around the Island.

City official Jose Luis Rascon Infanzón explained that by Commission of the Municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín, they have worked hard to solve the problems of lighting arising in the colonies and in tourist areas of Cozumel. As of right now, about 95 per cent of lamps that exist on the island have been rehabilitated. He stressed that despite the effort that is done daily to maintain all lights in operating order, there still emerges some reason that they stop working; however the Direction of Public Services has sufficient material to meet each of the citizenship reports.

He also stated that the collaboration of the citizens has been fundamental to detect failures of public lighting, which reinforces labor of the city employees that travel through the various colonies and areas of Cozumel to monitor the performance and report any required rehabilitation, replacement or repairs.

Rascon Infanzón stated that most of the lamps used on the island are composed of metallic additive or sodium vapor which will die off at the end of its life span or in case of instability of the electric power (crash), so it is necessary that people continue reporting all lighting failures.
Favorable Start to the Lobster Season
The lobster season has begun and for the members to the Cooperative Fishing Society, production seems favorable in Cozumel. The first 15 days of the season has produced a capture of more than 7 tons of live lobster in the Bay of the Holy Spirit in Cozumel. This was reported by the President of the Fishing Society on the island, Angel Canto Noh. He states that the season began in July that after catching live lobsters from the Bay of the Holy Spirit, they are frozen and processed to send to Baja California where the product is purchased.

The reason for the high percentage of capture is because of the15 fishermen assigned to Cozumel, half of them went to Yucatan to work on the capture of Sea Cucumbers, however, they returned to Cozumel because the Sea Cucumber season was not as successful as they had hoped and they returned to capture lobster in the area where they had been originally assigned.

The Society President said that "production began with positive numbers in the first 15 days of the month because the percentages that were reached during the first month of last year have now been accomplished in less time and with fewer fishermen. So it now appears that we could keep or improve our monthly goal, depending on if the good weather cooperates in the region."

Finally, he stated that prices will be according to the percentage of the dollar exchange rate, although the rates vary around 360 pesos a kg for live lobster or depending on the market that covers both the regional and national market.
Cozumel Prepares For a Safe Summer Tourist Season
The Municipal President, Fredy Marrufo Martín gave the green light to the campaign: "Municipal Plan of Tourist Aid, Summer 2016" in order to provide security and support for residents, tourists as well as foreigners, during the holiday period that runs from July 15th to August 21st .

The event took place at the Firehouse "Luis Alberto Pavía Mendoza", and the Mayor of Cozumel said that during the holiday vacation period , the city will be implementing a plan which will include the effort of the various Municipal, State, Federal agencies and public and private health institutions which together will provide optimal results.

"We expect a good turnout, a surge in hotel occupancy, as well as in economic activity. We will do what is within our reach to be present at various points on the island, on the busiest roads and beaches to implement precautionary measures for local, national and foreign families so they can enjoy their holiday" said Marrufo Martin.

Director of Civil Protection Lucio Canul Andrade, urged motorcyclists and motorists to comply with traffic signals, speed limits, the proper use of helmet protection, safety belts and to avoid driving under the influence of alcoholic beverages. "We want these summer holidays to take place without incidents” stated the official. It was also ordered that beach goers need to respect the instructions of the lifeguards, as well as precautionary signals on different beaches of Cozumel.
Satellite Transmitters Placed on Nesting Marine Turtles
Cozumel is fundamental in the study and follow-up of marine turtles and recently the Sub Directorate of Ecology in Cozumel provided support to the center of research and of studies Advanced (Cinvestav) for the placement of transmitter satellites in marine turtles that arrive to the island. This request was made from Merida's Polytechnic National Institute (IPN) as part of their works to implement studies by the Department of Resources of the Sea in this area of marine life.

The Sub Director of Ecology, Rafael Chacon Diaz, said that as of June 16th 2016, the Town Hall of Cozumel received a document in which the Cinvestav unit of Merida requested the support to place satellites on some of the marine turtles that arrived to the island. He mentioned that this is part of the coordination that exists between the Cinvestav of Merida and the municipality of Cozumel, in the framework of the project "oceanographic observation platforms, baseline, simulation models and scenarios of the natural capacity of response to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill", funded by the hydrocarbons Sener-Conacyt Sectoral Fund.

Also commented was that they worked with the sub-project called "Analysis of critical habitats of sea turtles", that develops in the laboratory of remote sensing, coordinated by Dr. Maria de los Angeles Liceaga Correa, who said that one of the objectives is to track the nesting female turtles, which Cozumel is home to, in large populations of the white turtle and loggerhead in the southeastern part of Mexico.
We Don't Know How the Reefs Were Hundreds of Years Ago
“The problem of the protection of the reefs and the coral is something that has only been studied over the last 50 year. It’s not like other ecosystems that we have a history of for centuries” said Mark Vermeij, a marine biologist from Curaçao.

"It is not known how coral reefs were hundreds of years ago, when the area was dominated by sharks and turtles which now no longer exist. The amount of fish in the zones is becoming less" he said. The expert said that it is time to wake up interest in this area because fish are useful to protect the coast and infrastructures that function as natural barriers against storms.

The disappearance of the fish in the zone is increasing. People have no ability to appreciate the magnitude of the changes because the impact has only just begun to be understood since the sea is a source of endless number of resources. Climate change and industry have affected corals since they can grow in unexpected places and sewage can contaminate the microbes. “The impact is not good for tourism, or for those who fish. Thanks to the implementation of regulatory laws, this problem is changing with the water quality control, but we still a long way to go “stated the official.
Quintana Roo Generates More Than 50 % of the Country's Currency
Cancun and the Riviera Maya are among the first 15 vacation destinations in the world, according to Jesús Almaguer Salazar, director of the Office of Visitors and Conventions (OVC). Quintana Roo generates more than 50% of the currency by tourism entering the country, with the Cancun-Riviera Maya corridor as main generator of resources.

In 2015, Cancun was the first to receive more International tourists. Secondly, the Mayan Riviera, and the sum of Cancun the Riviera Maya and Puerto Morelos combined, received more than 9 million tourists, against the 4.8 million in the Dominican Republic. If we talk about rankings, we are in first place" stated the official. Quintana Roo received 43.74% of the nearly 20.5 million tourists. Of this figure, 5.1 million visited Cancún, for a growth of 6.58%. The Riviera Maya followed with 3,822,975 visitors, representing an increase of 7.63%; These figures are well above the Dominican Republic or Bahamas, who by contrast, had a decline of 12.67% due to the decrease in the arrival of cruise ships and the competition of Cuba and its low fares.

“Due to the fact that the Mexican Caribbean produces more than 50% of the foreign currency entering the country through tourism, it should be in 11th or 12th place compared with the rest of the world" said Almaguer Salazar.
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April 15, 2016 (Most Recent) Comprehensive Mexico Travel Warning
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The good news continues to be that there are currently no regional security warnings in place that cover Quintana Roo, Cancun, Cozumel or Costa Maya so make vacation plans now to get here for some fun in the sun!



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