Tourist service provider caught on tape destroying coral reef in Quintana Roo

Tourist service provider caught on tape destroying coral reef in Quintana Roo

Nov 15, 2017

WATCH VIDEO Business owners from the port of Mahahual, Quintana Roo condemned the destruction of  the Mesoamerican Reef System and demanded that the environmental crime committed by tourist service providers must be punished by municipal, state and federal authorities. The initial complaint was made on social networks by the environmental organization “SeaShepherd Mexico” dedicated to prevent and stop the destruction of ecosystems and the slaughter of marine fauna in order to defend, protect and conserve the oceans in our country. Rodolfo Espadas Ixte, member of the Costa Maya association in Mahahual, lamented the irreversible damage that the second largest reef in the world is suffering, as it was caught on tape in a video recorded on November 2 as part of an operation conducted by the SSMx marine patrol program. SSMx goal is to determine the current health of the reefs of Mahahual. WATCH VIDEO The video was shot at a popular scuba diving site known as the “Aquarium”, in which the totally irresponsible practices of the dive shop Pepe Dive Mahahual are exhibited. As the boat with registration number 23060900147 was filmed dropping the anchor on top of the reef, damaging this important ecosystem, considered one of the most important coral reefs in the world. The business community of Mahahual is demanding greater vigilance from the authorities in charge of protecting the environment, and they state that there are absolutely no plan or specific actions taken in order protect the reef’s integrity. Mahahual is growing and positioning itself as an important tourist destination and therefore, it is necessary to apply a strong sanction to Pepe Dive Mahahual in this particular case, to set an example for other tourism service providers,  in accordance with the regulations to avoid further destruction the reef area.   Sources: https://noticias.canal10.tv/...

More than 4,000 students participated in the Mexicali Environment Expo

More than 4,000 students participated in the Mexicali Environment Expo

Nov 13, 2017

MEXICALI.- A little over 4,000 preschool, primary and secondary students from the State Capital participated this Thursday November 9 in the 13th edition of the Mexicali Environment Expo, which aims to inform and guide children and young people about actions to preserve the einvironment. The event was held at the Bosque y Zoológico de la Ciudad facilities and included the participation of different civil organizations and government agencies dedicated to the conservation of the environment. The key to the success of this type of event is that the children and young people who attended can share what they have learned with their families, teachers and friends. “The care and conservation of the environment does not only have to do with actions to prevent pollution, it has to do with our lifestyle” explained Miguel Ríos López, a student at the secondary 23 of Mexicali. “For some of the students participating in the Expo environment serves to reaffirm the practices that were learned at home with the family”, said Jorge Jesus Navidad, student of the technical high school number 44. Source: Expo Ambiente...

Mexicali is leader in respiratory deseases related to air pollution

Mexicali is leader in respiratory deseases related to air pollution

Nov 13, 2017

“The city of Mexicali has the highest number of diseases related to air pollution, which usually doubles during the winter season”, declared environmental authorities. Lourdes Sandoval Nolasco, of the Directorate against Health Risks, warned that the incidence of diseases related to pollution in Mexicali, is twice as much as in Tijuana. “The Ministry of Health keeps a record of diseases related to air quality, with a special focus on those related to air pollution,” Sandoval Nolasco commented. Among the diseases she counted the ARIs (Acute Respiratory Infections), ischemic heart, asthma, premature deaths and other diseases such as otitis, that is related to the ear. “According to the geographical conditions of Mexicali, Los Santorales and La Progreso are the most vulnerable areas, since these communities are located at a lower level (above sea level), therefore, the pollutants settle there”, Sandoval revealed. Source: Dirección contra Riesgos Sanitarios de la Secretaría de Salud de Baja...

Governor Vega de LaMadrid highlights the importance of caring for the environment

Governor Vega de LaMadrid highlights the importance of caring for the environment

Nov 12, 2017

MEXICALI, BC- Thursday, November 9, 2017.- As the environment is a responsibility with the present and a commitment to the future of the following generations, the Governor of the State, Francisco Vega de Lamadrid, in the presence of hundreds of children and young students, urged the population in general to care for and respect nature, to improve the quality of life of people, families and society. The inauguration of the Expo Ambiente 2017, was led by the State governor and held in the Bosque de la Ciudad, an event considered as one of the most important in environmental education in Baja California, “the protection and care of the environment is a concern worldwide, and this movement  in favor of nature needs to be strengthened around the world day by day”. The Governor Vega de Lamadrid, who was accompanied by Mexicali mayor Gustavo Sánchez Vásquez, stressed that Mexicans are becoming more environmentally aware. and in the case of Baja California, he said that there has been a joint work between society and government. In that sense, he maintained that one of the most important strategic projects is to guarantee water supply for Mexicali, through the repair of networks, supply to rural communities, sanitation actions and the recharge of aquifers; as well as the promotion of public-private partnerships to install desalination plants that will allow the use of seawater for human consumption and industrial use for the next 30 years. The Municipal President of Mexicali, Gustavo Sánchez Vásquez, assured that it is of great importance that we all need to be aware of the importance of a pollution-free environment, for the benefit of all citizens. In the 13th edition of the Expo Ambiente Mexicali 2017, there were 21 modules and 21 workshops organized by the business sector, state and municipal governments, academic institutions and environmental civil society organizations. Source: Gob. del Estado de Baja California...

A ship is sunk in Veracruz, it will create about 45 thousand acres of artificial reefs

A ship is sunk in Veracruz, it will create about 45 thousand acres of artificial reefs

Nov 8, 2017

The controlled sinking of the destroyer ship ARM Comodoro Manuel Azueta D-111, aims to create an artificial reef in order to strengthen the reef system in Veracruz, Mexico, a State with more than 45 reef structures on a 15 thousand acre surface. In an official ceremony led by President Enrique Peña Nieto and the Secretary of Environmental Protection, Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, the ship was sunk and the expectation is to yield a reef to strengthen, President Peña    said that the ship served Mexico in a very important manner and will still do it by contributing to the conservation of natural resources. Peña Nieto also said that over exploitation has destroyed reefs and the sunk ship and this ship will diminish the pressure over natural reefs an alternative scuba diving site which will regenerate life in those reefs and will provide rest to the over exploited reefs. Secretary Pacchiano said that the conservation of the reefs is a priority for Mr. Peña administration and this year the Veracruz Reef System National Park Management Plan was published 25 years after an executive order decreed it, and remarked that sinking the ship will cause a growth of about 40 thousand acres for the National Park. The Secretary of Environmental Protection (Pacchiano) also emphasized the interest of Navy Secretary Admiral Vidal Francisco Soberón Sanz, to safe keep the natural wealth of Mexico and said that the joint effort with the Navy has also been vital for the Vaquita Marina Rescue Program and to take care of many other environmental issues and constant surveillance of the Mexican seas. The destroyer ship “Comodoro Manuel Azueta” D-111 was built in 1943 and it was part of the US Navy by the name of USS Hurst and participated in World War II in the Atlantic Battle as well as in Pearl Harbor, it was acquired by Mexico in...

Congresswoman Trini Vaca supprots reforestation in “Pioneros de Mexicali” Elementary School

Congresswoman Trini Vaca supprots reforestation in “Pioneros de Mexicali” Elementary School

Oct 24, 2017

A big reforestation effort has begun in the Elementary School “Pioneros de Mexicali” from Mexicali’s First District in Mexicali, where the Congresswoman Trini Vaca along with teachers, students and their parents, as well as the school’s Principal Benito Nuñez, planted about 50 trees, which goes to show the legislator’s interest in the conservation of the environment. Vaca emphasized the relevance of education regarding the life of trees and the manner in which they will take care of the trees and will see them grow and develop to become a source of shade in their school’s yards which will allow them to have a cooler atmosphere during recess time. Adults must educate the children and it is important to have them take care of their trees and for them to see the trees grow and it is also relevant for them to understand the protection to the environment that those big trees represent for such a city as Mexicali where the sun falls intensely and the high temperatures are ever present almost all year long and trees are natural buffers in this situation. Along with Elizabeth Sañudo, community leader, Congresswoman Trini worked side by side with students and teachers planting 50 trees: Mesquite, love leaf, guamuchil and pirul among others, and she said that it is in moments such as this, the pollution index are high, and actions must be taken in order to diminish contamination so she is for these reforestation...