Thursday, August 9, 2018

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, August 9

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Today in Isla Mujeres, we opened the first beach where you can visit with your pet, and we are very proud to be the second municipality of in the state to offer this.Visit it responsibly and have fun in the company of your best friend .   VIDEO   The captions say: We inaugurated the first "Pet Friendly" beach where you can spend pleasant time with your pet.

Saturday, August 18 Dance event on the Town Square at 7:30p


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Increased numbers of passengers visiting Isla Mujeres LINK  

There is a graphic advising against use of straws.
Fishermen could diversify into tourism activity with sharks    LINK  
          Isla Mujeres fishermen will pursue the possibility of replacing shark fishing with observing and swimming with the species, "a sustainable and safe activity" which could provide significant income for the seamen. 
          Although this activity is nothing new in Quintana Roo, it is now the fishermen of Isla Mujeres who could be venturing into this activity, rather than hunting and selling the species, as they have done for decades. 
        Raciel Rivero, president of the cooperative "Patria y Progreso", who are the main suppliers and exporters of sharks in Isla Mujeres, explained that after a meeting with the presidents of the other fishing cooperatives, this possibility was considered as a viable and sustainable alternative. 
   He explained that for now it is a proposal and they will seek advice about getting started, as well as about compliance with the established rules. 
       He said that in other destinations, such as Tulum, this activity is  available to tourists who come looking for a new way of seeing and experiencing the marine fauna. He said that the support of professionals will be sought so that this activity can be productive and stop the depredation of the species. 
     He commented that if things go well, in a few years they may be ready to offer this activity. The meeting was attended by representatives of different fishing cooperatives in addition to the president of the Fishing Cooperatives Federation, Baltasar Gómez Catzín.

 VIDEO :  Interviewee says fishermen are in the process of looking into transitioning from killing sharks to using them as a new tourist activity. He says it would be an evolution for the cooperatives & there would be permits and instruction, including professional diving training. He responds to a question about 'when?' by estimating it would take two or the three years to reach 80%. He responds to a comment by agreeing that this is done in other municipalities, saying it has been successful in Playa del Carmen.
Isla Mujeres Al Dia    

Personnel with the department of Public Service are working at removing the debris, garbage, and junk in colonia la Gloria. (photos).

Enjoy Isla Mujeres with your pet VIDEO   Inauguration of the first Pet Friendly Beach (photos & article)

SINTRA launches operation to verify vehicles (Golf Carts) that are rented without concessions and are private vehicles, whose owners will be sanctioned and the carts will be impounded, without affecting tourism.  (Photos)

Municipal police receive instruction about human rights, provided by the state Human Rights Commission (CDHEQROO)

 >27,000 passengers transported in one day
      The Integral Port Administration of Quintana Roo (APIQRoo) on the island revealed that the record set last year for the most passengers transported in a single day by the ferries between Isla Mujeres and Gran Puerto and Puerto Juarez was broken last month by a margin of more than four thousand passengers. On July 22, a total of 27,095 passengers arrived to the island, while last year's record was ~23,000 in a single day.
        According to the statistics for this weekend, on Friday and Saturday more than 25,000 were transported per day, while on Sunday, 19,877 passengers arrived.
          It is important to note that most of these people who came to the island did not stay overnight, because according to the same statistics, most returned in the same afternoon to their point of origin. However, with record-breaking numbers of passengers being transported, this has meant increased efforts to improve services and facilities.

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Pet Friendly beach in Isla Mujeres (photos) VIDEO 

One of the best ways to get to know Isla Mujeres in on a bicycle (photo)

VIDEO whose caption says Patron Saint Festivities. With the taking down of the Virgin of Assumption, the celebrations begin of the parish's golden wedding in Isla Mujeres, according to Father Raul Sanchez Alonso

IM Noticias   
   PROFEPA won't conduct surveillance operations in Isla Mujeres to prevent abuses involving the sales of school supplies, but the agency said there will be 'monitoring' and they will respond to complaints. It is noted that the consumer protection agency's module in Isla Mujeres opened a year ago in front of the Casa de la Cultura, but the number of complaints is unknown and some residents allege that the office is generally closed and that there is a lack of staff to offer advice or assistance. (photos)  


From  por esto Link to their Isla Mujeres articles & photos

"Forgotten" airfield 
Aeropista olvidada . [+] Ver mas
      The airfield was under the control of the Navy until the end of 2015, when administration was passed into the hands of the state government, and it is now under the administration of APIQRoo, (state port authority), who closed the access near the ferry on July 31st, which had been used by vehicles who were awaiting its departure.  The space has been used for the bullring during the Patron Saint festivities, the occasional fair, and for motorcycle events, as well as by islanders who use it for exercise.
    The port authority has administrated the area since June 28. When the Navy administrated the airstrip, the facilities were maintained, and personnel were present in the control tower, which was functional.  However, the control tower has deteriorated considerable since then, and the building is in poor condition.
         Many homes have been built near the airfield, which has caused many entrepreneurs to give up hope that the airport could be used for commercial flights someday. Mr Enrique Lima Zuno has repeatedly promoted this proposal, saying it would attract tourists with higher purchasing power.

Fewer turtle eggs being protected 
A la baja rescate de huevos de tortugas[+] Ver mas

Aug 7   Since turtle nesting season began in May, 28,569 turtle eggs have been rescued, from a total of 240 nests, which aligns with the beliefs of some that 'even' years are less active. The director of the Tortugranja, Deline Guadalupe García Canto, estimates that the number of hatchlings this year won't exceed 45,000, which is less than half of the ~93,000 that were hatched out and returned to the sea last year.
       At the end of the first week in August, the number of nests and eggs being protected are:  nine hawksbill nests with 1,326 eggs; 79 loggerhead nests with 8,914 eggs; and 152 green nests with 18,329 eggs.  
     She noted that at the end of June, a total of 75 nests had been rescued, with 8,920 eggs. These consisted of: six hawksbill nests with a total of 827 eggs; 47 loggerhead nests with 5,370 eggs, and 22 green turtle nests with 2723 eggs.
     Therefore, during July and the first month of August the additional nests and eggs that were protected are: three more hawksbill nests with about 500 eggs, 32 more loggerhead nests with 3544 eggs, and 130 more green nests with 15,606 eggs.  
     In addition, during the patrols of the turtle protectors, they found 74 hawksbill hatchlings on the Acapulquito beach on July 1st, and on July 12th they found 32 hawksbill hatchlings on the beach in front of the gas station. On July17, they found 50 loggerhead hatchlings on that same beach, and another 70 on July 22nd. 
      Ms. Garcia Canto explained that the hatchlings that were discovered during the night tours were released at that time, while those which were discovered during the mornings or afternoons were taken to the Tortugranja to be protected from predators and released at night. 
     It is noted that during the 2017 season, 1,198 nests were rescued and 93,247 hatchlings were released. This year, only about 400 nests are expected, of which 240 have already been protected, until the season ends in mid-September. (Previous articles have said the protection of the nesting turtles ends in October)

2010: ~34k released. >40k eggs. 715 nests.
(Hatchlings: 29,973 greens, 3796 loggerheads & 220 hawksbills)
2011: >68k released. 851 nests.
2012: >84k released. >89k eggs.
(Hatchlings: 78,000 greens, 6305 loggerheads, & 100 hawksbills.).
2013: ~155k released. >165k eggs. 1425 nests,
(157,773 eggs/1335 nests were greens, 6738 eggs/64 nests were loggerheads, & 840 eggs/six nests were hawksbills. Rate for producing hatchlings was 93%.)
2014:~65k released. 722 nests.
2015: ~135k released. ~160k eggs.1630 nests,
2017: ~93k released. 1198 nests

(THIS IS THE SAME INFO AS ABOVE, with links, and less organized, I don't have time right now to edit it, but wanted to provide & preserve the links.) 
 2010: 715 nests were protected. (translated Oct. 8 2011, reported by SIPSE) Diariao Q Roo reported there were >40k eggs, nearly 34k hatchlings released of which 29,973 were Green turtles, 3796 were loggerheads, and 220 were Careys,
  2011: 851 turtle nests were protected, with  68,226 turtles released.  (translated Oct. 8 2011, reported by SIPSE)


2012: over 89,000 eggs were collected and 84,405 baby turtles were released, of which 100 were hawksbill, 6305 were loggerheads, and 78,000 were green turtles.  (published April 20, 2013 by Diario Q Roo)
  2013  1425 nests  with 165,351 eggs and the following breakdown: 157,773 eggs were greens, 6738 eggs were loggerheads, and 840 eggs were hawksbills (by Por Esto  Sept 4 2014) Over 100,000 hatchlings were released.  (Noticias de Q Roo repoted  these consisted of 1335 nests of green, 64 loggerhead, six hawksbills, with 93% producing hatchlings for a total of ~155,000 hatchlings released. From IMNE May 14 2014

  2014, 722 nests were rescued and around 65,000 hatchlings (From Por Esto  May 27, 2015)
    (the exact number is 64,989 hatchlings per TVIM/INME Aug 25 2015)

2015 ~1630 nests  were protected, containing ~160,000 eggs, from which ~135,000 baby turtles hatched out and were released. (May 31 IMN&E 2016/TVIM)

Celebrating the patron saint of Isla Mujeres
Celebran a la patrona de Isla Mujeres.. [+] Ver mas

Heat wave  
Oleada de calor. [+] Ver masFull article at this link
 Aug 7   With average temperatures of 36C and heat that feels like 40C at noon, Isla Mujeres is in the midst of a heat wave that can only be relieved by a swim in the calm waters of the bay or by drinking cold liquids. The usual recommendations are given, and it is noted that sales have increased up to 60 percent at the grocery stores for purified water and soft drinks, according to owners and employees.

Many vacationers visiting 
“Arrecia” la llegada de vacacionistas+] Ver mas
   The rain that fell at noon didn't diminish tourism, and the ferries were full as they arrived, and a festive atmosphere remained. Many note that the number of tourists visiting has increased because they come here to enjoy the clean beaches without sargasso. Some in the tourism industry said that personally, this is not their best season, which for them is winter and Easter. The rest of the article is pretty similar to other articles commenting about tourism, locations they visit, and security operations being in effect. Demand for other refreshing products such as popsicles and ice cream have als increased.  
     Those who are enjoying their vacations, attracted to this destination by its white sand beaches are lucky, because nothing is better in these temperatures  than to cool off in the clear waters, practically free of sargassum, which is attributed to the geographic position of the island and the arduous work of the personnel in charge of the cleaning of the sands. They arrive at an early hour to rake the entire beach so that when the first bathers arrive, they find it clear.

Fishermen may provide tourism activities  
Pescadores, a actividades turísticas. [+] Ver mas
   See translation above. It is also noted that the annual ban on shark fishing is May 1 to June 30, and there was a sanction for catching a young cat shark on one of the hooks (probably on a longline). And that this project is considered as a good thing by environmentalists.

Yesterday's rain 'refreshed' the environment  
Se refrescó el ambiente con la lluvia de ayer
    It rained for about five minutes at noon and remained cloudy the rest of the day, due to effects from Tropical Wave #27, which was favorable for the thousands of tourists visiting the island (because the temperature was more comfortable). The Director of Civil Protection reported that the storm drain network is in good condition, and they will be finishing the second general cleaning of the entire system. No problems from the weather were reported by the whale shark tour providers, nor by the other nautical tour providers.

Islanders travel to national youth meeting 
Isleños viajan a encuentro nacional de la juventud [+] Ver mas
     A group of 35 young Catholics will depart this (Wednesday) evening to travel to Mexico City for several days to participate in the First National Conference for Mexican Youth, (Jornada Nacional de la Juventud Mexicana) and to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe, according to members of the trip's organizing committee. Ten adults, mostly relatives, will accompany them to this event which is expected to attract 20,000 young people from all over the country. It will begin on Friday and conclude at noon on Sunday. 
     The islander youths have previously attended events in Ecatepec in the state of Mexico and in Merida, Yucatan. They are committed to promoting faith in God with their peers, participating in prayer days and motivation activities for young people with problems of family breakdown and dependence on drugs and alcohol.

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 Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)
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Large studio (Norte), I'm standing in the kitchen. A queen & single bed.

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Large studio (Sur) with Queen & Single bed. Slider door & view are behind me.

Fine dining a few steps away at Da Luisa or try the neighborhood eateries a couple blocks farther. Within ten minutes walk are a variety of restaurants including Mango Cafe, Brisas, Manolitos, La Chatita, Green Verde, Kash Kechen Chuc, and the large department store-grocery , Chedraui. Visit marinas, bars, & beach clubs that are minutes away by bike or on foot. Attend Yoga classes a couple villas away at hotelito Casa Ixchel. Fresh juice, produce & tortillas a few blocks away in the village, as well as a variety of other stores and small local restaurants. It takes 20-30  minutes to walk downtown.
Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
Aug  1  10:45
Aug  2  11:23

Aug 26   7:32
Aug 27   8:10
Aug 28   8:46
Aug 29   9:24
 Aug 30  10:02 
Aug 31  10:42
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25 to ~7:05 (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise ~6:20 to ~630
August Events
Provided by MaraVilla Caribe & Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events

 It's whale shark tour season (thru mid September) and turtle nesting season (thru mid October).

Saturday, August 4 The Plogging volunteers will meet at the Mundaca Hacienda at 8am, and clean up from there until they reach Zama Beach Club, where they will enjoy soft drinks and fruit. A reminder to bring you reusable water bottle and to wear gym shoes.

Sunday, August 5 on the Town Square at 8p Dance troupes and singers from Isla Mujeres and Cancun....Noches Magicas!   Cancelled and you are invited to enjoy Noches Magicas next Sunday at 8p on the Town Square

Tuesday, August 8 Inauguration of the Dog Friendly Beach at 4:30p, below the cell tower and municipal slaughterhouse.

Sunday, August 12 Noches Magicas on the Town Square at 8p

Friday, August 17   Events celebrating the founding of the town TBA. Isla Mujeres was founded on August 17, 1850 as the town of Dolores, which is celebrated annually with events which include placing a wreath at the Cross in the Bay, and performances on the Town Square.

Saturday, August 18 Dance event on the Town Square at 7:30p

Sunday, August 26  The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres will take place on Sunday, August 26, starting at 6:30am, with registration limited to 300 participants, and there will be 5k, 10k, and 15k categories. The kits will be available Saturday, August 25 from noon to 8p. The cost is 250 pesos for residents who present a voter registration card with an Isla Mujeres address and 400 pesos for others.

      The Circuito Maya race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') element of the four races, which take place in four Pueblos Magicos in Quintana Roo and Yucatan. The other elements are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'). The other races are in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid.
See website for more information:

Last year the Gastronomic Competition for Lionfish was held at the end of August.

Plogging events to clean up the island are held on Saturdays LINK  and here's the Accion Isla LINK  who are having events associated with project RESCATE.

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