Belizean boat anchored in Arrecifes National Park in Cozumel not fined
Cozumel, QR – A boat that was reported to be anchored in Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park has been fired without a fine. The large boat, which was filmed anchored in the waters of the national park on Saturday, was dropped as authorities found no damage to the coral.
The regional director of the National Commission for Protected Natural Areas (Conanp), Fernando Orozco Ojeda, confirmed that authorities had searched for damage and that the Belize boat was allowed to leave without being fined.
The federal official said the agency did not discover the anchored boat until Sunday morning, when it sent inspectors. Officers from the Navy Secretariat also arrived to check on the situation.
The inspectors confirmed that the boat was anchored in the Paraíso reef, an action prohibited, but in a sandy area, so there was no damage. Without sanctioning the ship, Conanp told the owner to leave, which only happened in the late afternoon as they had a process going on with customs.
“The boat came from Belize. They were foreigners and the owner admitted that he had not consulted his nautical chart, ”Orozco Ojeda said.
He said that ideally it is appropriate for boats from abroad to dock in Cozumel and from there hire the services of a local boat that has permission to enter the park.
He added that there are currently two unsolved cases before the attorney general’s office regarding boat owners who have ignored the rules of the national park.