The corals of the Cozumel reef die, damage increased to 40%

The corals of the Cozumel reef die. Image: Quinta Fuerza
The corals of the Cozumel reef die. Image: Quinta Fuerza

The white syndrome, which in February affected 30% of the coral in the Arrecifes de Cozumel National Park, continues to advance and already reaches 40% damage, with Paradise being the most critical point, with an approximate 50% mortality.

Brenda Hernandez, director of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas (Conanp) in Cozumel, said that treatment is already being applied, adapted from one tested by academics in Florida, United States.

It is still too early to evaluate results, but two of the 25 affected species have reacted positively, commented the federal official.

Even, this instance analyzes to close to the public some zones with treatment, or those that still do not have this disease.

One of the problems that propagate this evil is the overload in the reefs because in the entire polygon should receive a maximum of 1,500 people a day when it comes to about twice that number.

For this reason, Conanp has already helped the Harbor and Marine Captaincies to improve control of the area. Tourists are also informed of the practices they should observe.

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