Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Wednesday, June 17

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Rain in the forecast from a Tropical Wave

The municipality of Isla Mujeres continues to report a total of 23 cases with two deaths and 17 recuperated, leaving four active cases.

The Super Aki company donated a little more than a ton and a half of staples, providing 400 'dispensas' that will be delivered to vulnerable families.

After eight days of work, the beautification campaign in colonia La Gloria has concluded, which included pruning of trees and brush, as well as painting of curbs, crosswalks, and medians, giving the island a "good face" in the New Normality of Covid-19. Other work included maintenance to street lights, cleaning storm drains, sweeping streets & sidewalks, and the recent junk removal campaign. The workers will move on to the other colonias. VIDEO   

Tuesday was World Sea Turtle Day, and it is noted that 10,948 eggs have been protected at the Tortugranja so far this nesting season. These consist of 96 nests of which they are six Hawksbill nests with 777 eggs, thirty-five Loggerhead nests with 3989 eggs and fifty-four Green turtle nests with 6182 eggs.  In May, there were a total of 3118 eggs protected, and now that numbers has tripled.
   The work of monitoring the turtle-nesting beaches at night is carried out jointly by personnel with the Tortugranja, volunteers, Civil Protection, municipal police, Naval personnel and the National Guard. The season officially ends on October 15, but monitoring will continue 15 days after that date.

With the return to the New Normality, it is important to continue healthy distancing between people, with this measure we help reduce the contagion and spread of covid-19

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There is no date yet for the reopening of the Isla Contoy National Park LINK  
        The Director of the park said that for now it would be still very risky to open to the public because of the density of people in the boats, and because of the fragility of the ecosystems, it is impossible to use chlorine with water as a disinfectant. She said there would need to be safety protocols to protect both the tourism providers and the tourists. She noted that no work has been done on Isla Contoy while it was closed, and the trails will need maintenance. She said they have removed the buoys, and the turtles have been observed very close to the beaches and in areas where they are not usually seen. She said there was some damage to the dock during the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal. 
   She concluded, "Let's hope that the reopening of Contoy occurs when the conditions are safe for everyone and when the park is 100% ready to receive people."

From  Por Esto :

Street vendors have returned LINK  

   A little more than a dozen vendors have returned to work with permission from the City, and others have permission to sell on the beaches when they are opened. They have been advised that face masks are mandatory, and social distancing of 1.5 meters must be maintained. The Director of Fiscalization and Commerce, Ulises Berman,said they don't have a date when the bars and cantinas will open, and he estimated that could happen at the end of the month or July, if the epidemiological Traffic Light turns green, which is currently orange. The hotels, shops and restaurants are already open, at 30%, with the use of face masks, antibacterial gel and sanitizing mats. 

Daily trash collection remains around 30 tons, and is expected to increase with the return of tourism, but not to previous levels, which reached 60 tons daily in high season, and tourism is expected to be reduced. However, there is currently only one transfer truck in operation, with a capacity of 30 tons, there have been complaints from business owners at Punta Sur about the odors from the Trash Transfer Facility.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--June 5  7:36 (sun sets 7:27p)
  June 6      8:38 
 June 7      9:37
June 8     10:30
June 9    11:17

 Sunset  7:25-7:33pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:05--6:09am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue mating and nesting in June. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

The season for swimming with the whale sharks normally takes place during June, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

In June, there are fishing bans on Lobster (fishing resumes July 1st), Octopus (resumes Aug.1), Shrimp (resumes Oct. 15), conch (reusmes Nov.1) and shark.

Monday, June 1 Dia de Marina / Naval Day 

Friday, June 5 World Environmental Day

Monday, June 8 World Oceans Day

Saturday, June 20 Summer Solstice

Sunday, June 21 is Father's Day 

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   

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