Friday, June 22, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Friday, June 22

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VIDEO with caption saying: In the agreement between Ultramar and the DIF, social service agency, the Apiqroo was never included: Rosa Ríos Fernández

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VIDEO from Playa Centro, showing the beach is clean and without seaweed, and the tourists are enjoying themselves.

       SEMA (Ministry of Ecology and the Environment) and SEDETUR (Ministry of Tourism) issued a press release about the saragasso that says: Sargasso is composed of macroalgae mainly of two varieties, which often comes from the Sargasso Sea, which is why it affects the Caribbean coasts. In recent years, as a result of the contribution of nutrients from the fluvial tributaries of the Amazon and phenomena such as climate change, global warming and current marine currents, a strong presence of sargasso has been detected in the northern part of South America. . 
     In 2018, we have been informed through satellite monitoring of a greater presence of sargasso in the Caribbean sea and therefore a greater probability of atypical arrival of sargasso to he coasts of the State of Quintana Roo. 
        Therefore, the Federal and State authorities are working together and coordinating various actions, which include monitoring, containment of sargassum at sea, containment on the coasts, collection on the beaches, use and exploitation, and final disposal of waste.
         The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA) of the Government of Quintana Roo has processed special resources to deal with this issue and on Friday, June 22, we will start the cleaning and collection works at various public beaches of Quintana Roo.
         At the following link we have provided: the "General Guidelines for the Removal of Sargassum, the Beaches of the Mexican Caribbean", and the "Technical Guidelines for Blocking and Removal of Sargassum" in Marine Areas " regarding the management of seaweed at the coasts of Quintana Roo. 
         Additionally, the following telephone numbers are provided to advise those who perform this work in particular 01 (983) 835 0500, 835 0650 and 01 (998) 881 9000 or (983) 835 0860. Ext 43634. 
      Sargassum is a natural atypical phenomenon, and is a concern of all because in large volumes can affect the image, tourist activity and health of our coastlines.

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Nice drone VIDEO of Punta Sur.

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Posted ~ noon yesterday: There is a video interview with the Harbor Master whose caption says:  The Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres has joined in the work of locating the fishing boat of Puerto Juarez, "Mis 3 Amores", which went to work at 6am on Wednesday, and there has been no information since. 

Two hours later: The three fishermen from Puerto Juarez who are crew members of the 28-foot boat "Mis 3 Amores", have been located in Boca Iglesias, all of them in good health, according to the Harbor Master of Isla Mujeres.


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Ultramar suspends agreement to provide free tickets for islanders with disabilities  
Fue otra mentira de Ultramar. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
    Ultramar has suspended its agreement with the DIF social service agency to provide free tickets for 140 people with disabilities, in wheelchairs, for round trip passage to Pueto Juarez.  They said this policy change was due to the state Port Authority continuing to charge fees on these tickets. However, this fee is only a 'symbolic collection' of 50 centavos per person, according to data provided by APIQRoo.
     The person in charge of the APIQRoo Maritime Terminal, Rosa Elena Rios Fernandez, said this change of policy by Ultramar is regrettable, and she said only about ten people per month utilized this free service.
   She said that under these circumstances, they will try to find another ferry company to provide this service, and that APIQRoo would absorb the cost of the fees, in order to benefit these vulnerable people.
   The Director of the DIF social service agency, Hilda Gomez Avila, said the agreement signed with Ultramar is officially in force until the end of the year, and she hopes to get in touch with executives of the company to learn more about the situation, since on Tuesday Ultramar employees began notifying beneficiaries of the program that the company would no longer absorb the 'high costs' of transporting these people, saying that APIQRoo charged up to 10 pesos per person.
   Ms. Rios Fernandez said this was not true and that Ultramar is charged a 'symbolic' amount, according to a ten-year agreement signed in 2011, which is 51 centavos per passenger from September to December and 25 centavos from January to August, although the 'real' tariff is one peso per state resident and five pesos per national or foreign tourist.
   That agreement will expire in 2021, and in the case of the new ferry companies Marinsa and Navento, the current amount is being required, of one peso for state residents, including islanders, students, seniors, etc). This is very advantageous for Ultramar, because before this agreement (which Por Esto calls 'suspicious' and 'advantageous') the fee was 1.5 pesos for state residents and 2.5 pesos for tourists..
       In 2017, five million passengers were received (sic APIQRoo's statistics count each passenger twice. They report passenger 'movements'; one movement for coming and one movement for departing, so it's five million 'movements', of half that many passengers), which means at least 20 million pesos to be paid for this right, except the agreement changed the amounts.
     She said that from January to August the 'iguala' charge represents 307,000 pesos per month, and is applied to all people using the island terminal, coming from Puerto Juarez and the Cancun Hotel Zone, and from September to December, the amount drops to 153,000 pesos per month.(~$16K and ~$8K usd. monthly.)  (sic At the beginning of the article, it says the higher amounts are charged September to December.)
       The headline actually says "Another lie from Ultramar"

Concerns among the fishing cooperatives  
Preocupación en cooperativas pesqueras. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
The executives of five fishing cooperatives in Isla Mujeres estimate that out of every 10 small fishing boats (bote ribereños), six do not meet the safety conditions because their engines that have finished their useful life. It is urgent that they be renewed, but the fishermen don't have money, now that the cost has risen and is quoted at a rate of  21 pesos to the dollar.
   The eight month lobster catching season begins in little over a week on July 1st. Depending on the amountnof use, engines need to be renewed every three to four years, which has become especially difficult with the reduced catches of fish, and the seasonal bans on lobster and grouper also make things complicated. 
  The fishermen used 60 horsepower motors which are offered on the internet for $6530 usd, plus VAT tax, which at an exchange rate of 21 pesos is nearly 160,000 pesos, plus the costs of shipping. Unfortunately there are currently no subsidy programs for boats and engines, in an extended manner, a support from the municipality that no longer exists, according to a member of the Isla Blanca cooperative. 
    The fishermen are also repairing and renewing their other gear, including nets and the air compressors they use for diving. Last season lobster tails were being sold for 600 pesos/kilo and it is expected that this amount will be negotiated to a higher price.


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June Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
June  1  10:07
June  2  10:52
June  3  11:35

June 27   7:14
June 28   8:03
June 29   8:49
June 30   9:33
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25
Sunrise ~6:05
It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October). 
Photo by Tony Garcia of turtles mating off Punta Sur
Tortugranja staff collecting eggs at MaraVilla Caribe beach

A busy night for the mama turtles digging nests at MVC

Friday, June 1 Navy Day  Día de la Marina. Usually there is a wreath placed at sea in memory of sailors who lost their lives at sea.

Saturday, June 2 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA  LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 3 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, June 5 World Environment Day  

Friday, June 8 World Ocean's Day

Saturday, June 9 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 10 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Saturday, June 16 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 17 Father's Day

Sunday, June 17 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square

Thursday, June 21 Summer Solstice

Sat & Sun, June 22 & 23  Women's fishing tournament "La Dorada del Caribe" Fifth edition

Saturday, June 23 Plogging cleanup 8a  Location TBA LINK   Action for Isla link

Sunday, June 24 Noches Magicas performances at 8p on the Town Square
  Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service (Yucatan peninsula is under Satellite GOES Este, I recommend "Animacion")
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres    
LINK to Tropic Watch (in English)
LINK to NHC in US (in English)
LINK to Tropical Tidbits (in English)

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