Published On: Sat, Jul 8th, 2017

Environmental gendarmerie in charge of stopping illegal construction works in Holbox

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HOLBOX, Q. Roo — In order to curb illegal construction and mangrove logging on Isla Holbox, members of the Environmental Gendarmerie carried out the first patrols in support of the National Commission on Protected Natural Areas (Conanp).

After receiving training and drawing up a strategic plan with park rangers, Federal Police elements are collaborating to try to reduce and prevent environmental crimes.

Holbox, which in Mayan language means “black hole“, is part of the “Yum Balam” Protected Area of ​​Flora and Fauna, is home to protected species such as the pink flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), and seahawk (Pandion halaieuts), as well as to three mangrove varieties, Chit, Nakax and Ciricote palms.

Environmental gendarmerie patrol Holbox. PHOTO: Excelsior

The so-called big island of Holbox has a stretch of 24 kilometers of beach to the north, where four endangered species of sea turtles go nesting, being the “Carey turtle” (Eretmochelys imbricata) one of the most frequent.

It has a tropical climate, which allows it to develop diverse tourist activities, sailing, windsurfing, para sailing and fishing, Locals also have artisan production in a smaller scale.

The nearby Laguna de Yalahau or Conil, serves as habitat for many marine species such as dolphins, manatees and crocodiles.

This marine ecosystem serves as a space for breeding, birth and development site for commercially important fishery species, which are fundamental to the local economy and development.




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