Sunday, August 4, 2019

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Sunday, August 4

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Compared to 2018, there has been a 14% increase in tourists visiting Isla Mujeres during the period from January until now.

Nine artisans registered for the XXII Crafts Competition 2019 "Deja que te lo cuenten mis manos” (which translates roughly as "Let my hands speak to you") The submissions included handmade pieces made with wood, shells, seeds, fibers, Marine materials, textiles or mixed technique. The judges will make their choices tomorrow, August 5th and the prizes of 3000 to 20,000 pesos will be awarded on Friday, Aug. 16. The recipients must attend in person with their official documentation.

From  Por Esto :

PROFEPA seized fishing gear   

La Profepa ya había clausurado otra escollera

   Inspectors with Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) placed closure seals on the construction of jetties at the "Marabella" beach, following a similar situation at the Izla hotel in Sac Bajo two months ago, when they stopped similar work at that location. The Management Plan of the National Marine Park of the West Coast of Isla Mujeres, Punta Cancun and Punta Nizuc, prohibits affecting seagrass within the reserve. 
    Last weekend, officials with PROFEPA and the Parque Marino confiscated some fishing gear allegedly belonging to members of the Patria & Progreso cooperative and "pirates" within the reserved. There were also three "palometa" fish and one ray. ("una raya"). The seized equipment included a panel of nets and a long line with many hooks.

Isla Mujeres news briefs  


Christian rapper Yair "El Chef" will be featured at a church-sponsored event in colonia La Gloria on August 17th at 6:30 pm.
   The Cockteleros invite their fans to join them going to Puerto Juarez on the Ultramar ferry at 11am, where they will play the Cancun "Baseball Boys" at the airport stadium, with the game starting at 12:30. It is a qualifying game for the final round, and Isla Mujeres has the advantage of already winning its other semi-final match.

Second death from decompression

Segunda muerte por descompresión

    The second death from decompression during this lobster season occurred a little over a week after the first. The diver from Puerto Juarez passed away at the Naval Hospital, on Friday afternoon. The previous case was a fisherman with the Patria & Progreso cooperative who passed away before reaching land. This diver still had vital signs when he arrived at the hospital, but apparently didn't live long enough to go into the Hyperbaric Chamber for treatment. The Navy has its own equipment, which was used by the lobster fishermen-divers before they got their own Hyperbaric Chamber in 1999.
    Last season, a record-breaking 77 cases of decompression were treated, among fishermen diving into deep waters in search of lobster (while using compressed oxygen & ascending too quickly). Training classes were provided in June for members of the five Isla Mujeres cooperatives, but there have already been 18 cases this season, which began on July 1st, raising concerns that the number of cases this season may be the highest ever. (The eight month season concludes Feb. 29th.)

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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 

August 15  7:42
August 16   8:20
August 17  8:55
August 18   9:29
August 19  10:03
August 20   10:37
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset  ~7:25-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:20-6:30-a (start-end/mo)
 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 12-August 23, peaked in late July
August Events 
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the bicycling group "Isla en Bici" invite people to join them for healthy recreation, meeting at Juarez &  Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK   

In August,  fishermen in this region are banned from catching  Shrimp & Conch  LINK 

 The baseball games at the  El Pescador stadium in front of Chedraui are usually held on Sundays, starting around 1p, when there's a 'home' game.

The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" hasn't been announced yet.
Guests assisting Tortugranja worker collect from two nests on July 29th.

Turtle nesting season continues throughout August. The turtles nest along the eastern beaches in the wee hours of the night and Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in a pen outside the facility.  Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres;  Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills. The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the sand, which is common in reptiles.

Photo by Tony Garcia Whale sharks are filter-feeders who eat plankton.
 Whale shark tour season continues throughout August, ending in mid-September. The eight-month lobster catching season thru the end of February, and this year's prices are: whole live- 400 to 450 pesos per kilo and tails- 580 to 600 pesos (~$16us/lb-tails).

 Thursday-Sunday August 8-11:  At the children's baseball field "Ariel Picho Magana" Players age 11 & 12 from the states of  Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan and of course Quintana Roo, including some from Isla Mujeres will compete. About 100 players and their families are expected.

Monday, August 12:  Perseids Meteor Shower peaks, but the nearly full moon will interfere.
Saturday, August 17: Commemoration of the Founding of the town (of "Dolores") in 1850.  There may be a "Cabalgata" horse procession, but that is more likely at the Patron Saint commemorations and the Revolutionary and/or Independence Day parades. There are events on the Town Square recognizing the founding families, reading the founding declaration, and folklorico dance troupe performances, as well as live music and dancing.

The Circuito Maya race will probably be held in August in Isla Mujeres, and is one of a series of four races held annually in four Pueblos Magicos in Q.Roo and Yucatan, named after the four elements. The race in Isla Mujeres is the "Air" (Iik') and the others are Fire (K'aak'), Earth (Lu'um), and Water (Ha'), for the races held in Tulum, Bacalar, and Valladolid
The Lion Fish Culinary Competition may be held in August. They are an invasive species who eat many young lobster, grouper, and other commercial seafood. They are caught by spearfishing, and are a mild-flavored white fish. Asia Caribe has won awards in this competition ,as well as recognition for featuring them on their menu (when available), and will prepare them a variety of ways.

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
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres

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