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No hurricane activity is threatening the coasts of Quintana Roo, but the isle awoke to overcast skies this morning.
Seventh Lion Fish Contest:
The judges were Chefs Fernando Castillo and Carlos Espindola. Officials in attendance included the Director of Transport Mario Carrillo and the Director of Fishing Polycarp Pastrana Portillo
Don't forget to separate your trash into organic and inorganic. Organic includes produce skins, food scraps, eggshells and coffee filters. Inorganic includes paper, milk cartons, packaging, bags and cans.
The Governor gave the green light to the "Reef Restoration Project" which is planting corals in ten locations in the areas of Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Akumal LINK The program intends to plant 228,000 corals in six years.
The Governor gave the green light to more than 9000 corals produced at CRIAP (Regional Center for Aguaculture and Fisheries Research) as part of the "Coral Restoration Program of Mesoamerican Reef". Governor Carlos Joaquin is promoting this massive planting of corals in the Isla Mujeres National Park as part of his promise "One vote, One coral". He received 228,000 votes and it is his goal during his six year administration to plant 228,000 corals, before the year 2022.
At the event on Thursday at Playa Caracol in Cancun, the Governor said this planting project is a decisive step for reef conservation, and the Isla Mujeres National Park is the tenth location where these actions were carried out. Corals have been planted at Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen and Akumal, where a 95 percent survival of planted reefs is reported.
Through an agreement -signed between the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), the Ministry of Finance and Planning (SEFIPLAN) and the National Fishing Institute (INAPESCA) -, with the "Reef Restoration Program", in two years, 34,771 corals of 13 species have been produced.
The Governors said that with this large planting of corals in the MesoAmerican reef, "We join the national goal to sow 20,000 corals with INAPESCA along the entire Quintana Roo coast.
The Secretary of Ecology and the Environment said that due to activities associated with tourism, recreation, and other services, it has been estimated that the total annual benefit of the coral reefs has been 100,000 to 200,000 dollars per square kilometer of beach. He noted that the MesoAmerican Reef is international important and prominent for its quality and biodiversity, which generates the white sand and natural landscapes that are enjoyed by all and support tourism development.
Other officials and representatives of nongovernmental associations spoke about the importance of involving the community in the conservation of ecosystems and said this project is of vital importance, with a significant ecological and economic impact. They are involving the student community to raise awareness about preserving the natural resources of the region.
VIDEO of Father Raúl Sánchez Alonso concerning the start of the celebration in honor of the patron saint of fishermen "The Virgin of Caridad del Cobre". He said celebrations began on Friday and the date will be announced soon for the procession to Isla Contoy, and everyone is invited to participate.
The Trash Transfer Facility is on the verge of being completely clean. VIDEO
Notice from Civil Protection although the majority of hurricanes occur September and October in the Atlantic Ocean, it is important to pay attention to official sources and avoid rumors. At this time there are no hurricanes heading toward the coasts of Quintana Roo. (Posted yesterday morning. This morning's graphic is above).
Photos from the Youth Event at the skate park on Saturday morning promoting bicycling that was organized by the state Mobility Institute and the municipal police. The City also held a workshop for children about Road Safety
Road education workshop for children
Chairs delivered to middle school
Isla Mujeres news briefs
Veterinarian Delfino Guevara resported two cases of cat abuse to the Director of Ecology, Carlos Barranco, of which one was a hanging of a cat and the other was theft of a group of cats. There was also a case of the dog "Manchas" who was attacked by a pit bull in the street by his home and the dog "Chocolate", who was hit on Rueda Medina.
Honoring the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre
Disabled fishermen advises: Don't risk your life
"Don't risk your life; diving without following the rules is very dangerous," said Escalante Escobedo, aka "Cabria" who is in a wheelchair after suffering from decompression illness seventeen years ago, on July 11, 2002. He was interviewed at his small lumber business, "La Tablita", in colonia Salina Grande. There have been 45 cases of decompression treated at the Hyperbaric Chamber so far during this lobster season which began on July 1st, which is unprecedented. There are still six months remaining.
Mr Escobedo when he was injured in 2002, he had found a bank of lobsters where he was capturing more than 50 kilograms daily, and in a short time he had exceeded half a ton of production, but his carelessness was his downfall.
He was in the Arrowsmith area, which is 40 kilometers southeast of Isla Mujeres, where he dove to 60 meters deep, without respecting the International Diving Protocols, which say he should have been using mixed compressed air at that depth, and using all the safety equipment. In addition, he also stayed down longer than recommended.
He said, "I had found a large quantity of lobster and wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to capture it, but there was a surprise that placed me at the gates of death.” He is referring to the need to take stops while ascending, which might have prevented the accumulation of large amounts of nitrogen in his body from diving so deeply.
He was treated in the chamber by Dr. Tito, and requested to be left in longer, which wasn't allowed. He said he didn't improve and went to bed feeling "like a rag". He said his life was hanging by a thread, after that fateful day. He spoke about not exceeding the tolerances of your body, about the dangers of diving so deeply, noting that fishermen are currently descending to 60 meters deep, to find a little product and earn some money for their families. He said, "Unfortunately we are ignoring the laws of physics, because we are not made for that, we run a serious risk of being killed, paralyzed, or, if you're lucky, a lesser consequence, but always resulting in some injury."
He said the risks are increased with a shortage of lobsters, because more fishermen are diving into the deeper areas of the Yucatan Channel, which is characterized by its strong currents. There are also lower temperatures, which have caused cases of hyperthermia among fishermen who've been treated in the Chamber. He said the fishermen need to have more consideration for themselves, and not just on earning a few pesos, because they are risking being affected for the rest of their lives, being bedridden and in a wheelchair, or perhaps even in the cemetery.
He said his rehabilitation was painful and difficult, causing him to become depressed and wish he would die, but with the help of his family and sixty sessions in the Hyperbaric Chamber, he slowly improved. He found inner strength and with occupational therapy he improved. He was also able to find financial help so he could begin working and now he has his small lumberyard, where he is able to support his family.
When he was asked what he would say to fishermen who are risking their lives diving deeply? He replied, "Don't continue to risk your life to earn some pesos. If you want a 'mirror', come to my shop, "La Tablita" and see how I am in a wheelchair, so you can see where you may end up. My brother Gabriel is also like this." (His brother is also in a wheelchair and has a small independent business.)
He recommends they dive in shallower water, even though it doesn't generate as much profit, but it is safer, and a better choice than letting irresponsibility and ambition leave you prostrate in a wheelchair or dead with your family abandoned. He said he is familiar with the daily situation and dramas of the fishermen and recommends they be more serious about considering how they spend the money they earn. He says they don't save and aren't ready for extreme situations like what happened to him. "Unfortunately, most of them spend their money in bars, and I did the same, but then I made a commitment not to drink, and to date, I have not," he said.
He said a majority of the fishermen are diving deeply, and in the Dzib family, this has claimed two lives, Menalis and Nivardo, in less than two years. He said his own brother, David, of the Isla Blanca cooperative, doesn't dive anymore, but had suffered decompression more than once.
Trash Transfer Facility is free of garbage
Cliff erosion continues
|View from the rooms.|
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|Kitchen in a large studio. (Sur & Norte are identical)|
|Kitchenette in small room, Medio. There's a table & chairs across from it & a double bed.|
|A large slider opens from each of the 3 rooms onto the patio where each has a table & chairs, hammock & clotheslines. The BBQ is behind the pole, and the outdoor shower is outa the pic at left.|
|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.|
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Full moon rising over the Caribbean
September 13 6:56
September 14 7:30
September 15 8:04
September 16 8:38
September 17 9:14
September 18 9:51
September 19 10:33
September 20 11:18
Painting by Pamela Haase
Sunset ~7:00-7:05p (start-end/mo)
Sunrise ~6:30-6:36a (start-end/mo)
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Wednesday nights at 8:45p, the group "Isla en Bici" bike around the isle, meeting at Juarez & Abasolo. Lights required, helmet recommended. LINK
In September, fishermen in this region are banned from catching Shrimp & Conch LINK
The new date for the Women's Fishing Tournament "El Dorado del Caribe" still hasn't been announced.
|By Diane Daniel|
|Nests & tracks at MVC B&B|
|By Tony Garcia|
Whale shark tour season ends in mid-September. September tends to be one of the busier months for storms & hurricanes.
Independence Day Celebrations:
Sunday, Sept. 15-Town Square in the evening-celebrations & "Grito" before midnight read by the Mayor and ringing of the bell
Monday, Sept 16-Parade on the main street usually scheduled to start around 8a
Monday, Sept. 23-Equinox-Autumn begins
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
LINK to NHC