Published On: Wed, Jan 23rd, 2019

Cancun’s Laguna Nichupté at risk due to presence of toxic metals

Water quality studies conducted by Conanp in the area of Laguna Nichupté showed the presence of cadmium (highly toxic metal), which environmental authorities related to the presence of sunken vessels and boat’s repairing work inside this body of water.

“We have been doing water quality studies, we are still going to present them at the next meeting of the Managing Council of Nichupté, but we have found cadmium, and the question why is there cadmium here?” Yadira Gómez Hernández questioned, Director of the protected area in charge of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp).

“Every day we have more private boats in the Cancun area, it is a trend that begins to occur among people of high purchasing power who buy a sea transport without having a proper place on land where to store it, so these boats stay in the lagoon while being repaired and therefore we have detected the presence of highly toxic metals” said the director of Conanp, agency in charge of the surveillance of the area.

“The fleet of boats has increased significantly, and the owners are neither captains nor have the necessary knowledge to maintain a boat, the lagoon is full of marinas and some have continued to expand, this situation needs to be stopped, and grant no more permits”, declared the official of Conanp, who warned: “we are going to drown in our own filth”.

Nichupté lagoon (Photo: TripAdvisor)

After recognizing that the water quality of the lagoon “is bad” not only because of the arrival of pollutants from Cancun, but also because of the marinas that do not comply with removing the boats and vessels to the mainland to make mechanical repairs.

“During a night tour to watch birds and crocodiles, we have seen the boats in line in front of the polygons where we are currently doing mangrove restoration works, and we have found evidence that these boat owners do mechanic work in the area, which is totally unacceptable, ” said the director of the natural area.

Yadira Gómez Hernández stressed the urgency of starting to regulate these activities and ask the owners of the vessels sunk by the arrival of hurricanes to remove them because they contain oils and mechanical parts that contaminate the water.

“Once a boat sinks, the owners no longer take responsibility and just leave them there, this situation is also contributing to the water pollution problem in Laguna Nichupté,” concluded the Director of the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp).

RMT Newsroom with information from SIPSE



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