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#387918 - 09/16/10 09:30 AM Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks
Marty Offline

Twenty four mooring buoys have been placed in the Mexico Rocks area just north of San Pedro Town in efforts to prevent people from anchoring near the delicate coral reef of the popular diving site.

The project was made possible through the efforts of The San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA) that received a grant provided by the Coral Reef Alliance and funding from private investor Mr. Don Listwin. The SPTGA matched the grant by providing the labor needed to make the anchors, assembling the buoys and anchoring them on site.

Special thanks to the San Pedro Tour Guide Association, Hol Chan Marine Reserve staff, Coral Reef Alliance and Mr. Don Listwin. The project cost $20,000 with six mooring buoys placed outside the reef and 18 placed inside.

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#387993 - 09/17/10 08:37 AM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Saw them in place yesterday - GREAT work !!!!!!

#387998 - 09/17/10 09:20 AM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline
The San Pedro Tour Guide Association (SPTGA), since the early 80's, has worked to obtain grants to secure the purchase of mooring buoys to be placed at the 35 dive sites along the coral reef that lies just a couple miles off the shores of Ambergris Caye at its furthest point. The mooring buoys serve to protect the very fragile reef eco-system and the thousands of marine lives that reside within by dissuading the usage of anchors by vessels that visit the various sites. The SPTGA recently made an agreement with the Coral Reef Alliance and a private investor, Mr. Jim Hanson, to acquire funding to place six mooring buoys outside the reef at Mexico Rocks and 12 inside the reef.

The SPTGA matches grants by providing the actual labor for the mooring projects. On Monday night, September 14th members of the SPTGA were in full force outside the Hol Chan Marine Reserve office, preparing mooring buoys for the Mexico Rocks area. Throughout the week, the mooring buoys were being prepared and anchored in concrete platforms measuring 3"x3"x2", then placed on the sea bed at pre designated locations. Each mooring buoy, plus labor, costs an approximate $3,500.00BZ, bringing the total cost of the Mexico Rocks Mooring Project at $63,000.00BZ.

The SPTGA is currently working with the various tour operators on the island to sign contracts, giving the responsibility for the maintenance of four moorings buoys per year to each tour operator. President of the SPTGA, Billy Leslie adds, "The general public using the Mexico Rocks area for snorkeling, and making use of the moorings - please ensure that you respect the policy of using mooring buoys by allowing others use of the buoys as well. Unquestionably, do not fish off the buoys and please do your part to help us in our pursuit to protect our coral reef so that our children and our children's children may have the opportunity to enjoy this wonder of nature".

Billy takes this opportunity to extend sincere thanks to the Coral Reef Alliance, Hol Chan Marine Reserve Staff, Jim Hanson, and especially Mr. Don Listwin and Hanson Perkins, who have all contributed invaluably towards the success of this much needed project.

#388066 - 09/18/10 07:11 AM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
Makes me feel good about the future of Mexico Rocks.
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#388100 - 09/18/10 12:24 PM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: elbert]
Mike Campbell Offline
Yes indeed, maybe they will make it a reserve or marine park soon.

#388126 - 09/19/10 09:21 AM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: Marty]
Diane Campbell Offline
Suggest that the next step is some educational outreach so we don't have more big boats thinking these buoys are an invitation for overnight mooring. Two large cats made that mistake a while back and broken coral at Mexico Rocks was the result.

#388135 - 09/19/10 12:23 PM Re: Mooring Buoys for Mexico Rocks [Re: Marty]
elbert Offline
Hol Chan was made a reserve a year after I moved to San Pedro. The makeing of a No Fishing Zone in a fishing village was a hard pill to swallow. However I don't think anyone now can deny that the results where more fish for the fishermen.
The Mexico Rocks Marine Reserve arguments I've heard are over gas milage to sites that can be fished and thoes are weak in that the plan includes fishing zones similar to Hol Chan's zoneing.
The establishment of the reserve in 1987 included four main goals. These were:
Preserving an area of the coral reef ecosystem
Providing recreational and tourist services while maintaining the utility of the area for fisheries
Providing an opportunity for education and research within the park
Conserving genetic resources
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