If you are in Mahahual or Costa Maya, and you want to try something different, you might want to check the Xcalak Reef National Park. It is great for scuba diving and snorkeling, as well as nature watching.
Here is some information and a map of the area.
Zoning is a technical instrument of protected natural areas that can sort the territory depending on the degree of conservation and representativeness of their ecosystems, natural soil suitability, their current and potential use.
Here we present zoning Xcalak Reef National Park. This map can be downloaded http://goo.gl/tToUPq.
Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the vegetation and fauna. There where the water table is at or near the soil surface or where the ground is covered by water.
The Xcalak Reef National Park was designated as a wetland of international importance and is registered in the list of Wetlands of International Importance of the Ramsar Convention.
Huach River lagoon system constitutes an association of wetlands and lagoons communication to sea. Has a high productivity is reflected in the presence of a rich local biodiversity and a major export of biogenic materials into the adjacent coastal area due to tidal exchange.
Wetlands play a key role as unique habitats that are home to a wide variety of aquatic flora and fauna. also they serve as breeding centers lot of species, of which we highlight the fish and crustaceans, many of them of commercial importance. Also they function as trap sediment and pollutants.
The management program is the lead instrument of planning and regulation that establishes the activities, actions and basic guidelines for the management and administration of protected natural areas of Mexico.
In the picture you can see the management program Xcalak Reef National Park. This document contains strategies and actions to ensure the management, sustainable use, conservation, protection and restoration of coastal-marine resources in the park.
The use of buoys is a tool to control activities within protected natural areas, decreasing the physical impact of boats anchoring on the reefs.
Marine signaling system by buoys aims to define unique for snorkeling within the Xcalak Reef National Park areas. The buoy image is on the site known locally as “Dona Nica” where tourist activities are permitted only.
The National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) began operations on June 5, 2000, as a decentralized agency of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), responsible for the management of protected areas organ.
Its aim is to conserve the natural heritage of Mexico and ecological processes through protected areas for conservation, ensuring adequate coverage and biological representativeness.
More information: http://www.conanp.gob.mx
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina