The Triton

News

Groups urge traffic to shift off Mexico

Posted on by in
ADVERTISEMENT

Mexican and American organizations have joined forces to urge a change in a traffic lane so as to avoid the risk of large vessels traveling through the whale shark migration path colliding with marine wildlife off the Isla Mujeres, Mexico.



According to a press release, they say that high vessel traffic of oil tankers and cruise ships travel through the whale shark aggregation area as well as where manta rays, five different dolphin species, sailfish and sea turtles exist.



“We are not looking to do anything radical,” said Rafael de la Parra Venegas, executive director of Blue Realm in Mexico. “In 2007, NOAA and U.S. Coast Guard shifted ship traffic lanes in Boston Harbor to reduce the risk of collisions between large ships and whale sharks. We want to do the same, adjust the ship traffic lanes further away from these areas, to improve safety and reduce the chances of collisions with ocean life or with other smaller boats and tourists.”



The interested parties, including Blue Realm, Seacology in California, as well as Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota and Georgia Aquarium, propose:

1. Deployment of an AIS (Automatic Identification System) allowing them to track every ship cruising in the zone. The antenna was set July 17 on top of the observation tower in Isla Contoy, and is on test. 


2. Written notice to ship operators using the area to request a 10-mile deviation off East Isla Contoy, (ideally 12 miles), since sometimes they navigate within about 5 miles. 


3. Gather collaborative efforts from national and international organizations to participate in ecosystem preservation and tourist visitor protection.

Related Articles

FLIBS19: Opening ceremony focuses on Bahamas

FLIBS19: Opening ceremony focuses on Bahamas

Informa and MIASF opened the 60th edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show yesterday with a nod to the Bahamas and its current needs -- both in terms of continued disaster relief for …

New River train bridge closures scheduled

New River train bridge closures scheduled

UPDATED The railroad bridge over the New River in Fort Lauderdale will be in the down position for several hours each day for the next month for repairs. According to the FEC, owners of the …

Triton networks with IGY Marinas

Triton networks with IGY Marinas

About 150 captains, crew and industry professionals got their feet in the sand during Triton networking at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Ft. Lauderdale on the first Wednesday of August. IGY …

Latest news in the charter fleet: Solo joins NJ; Aquarella with YPI

Latest news in the charter fleet: Solo joins NJ; Aquarella with YPI

News in the charter fleet M/Y Solo, a 233-foot (71m) Tankoa to be launched this summer and available for winter charter in the Bahamas and Caribbean through Northrop & Johnson. Solo will be …

Latest news in the charter fleet: Silver Fast joins Hill Robinson; Maverick joins Neptune

Latest news in the charter fleet: Silver Fast joins Hill Robinson; Maverick joins Neptune

M/Y Silver Fast, a 252-foot (77m) yacht built by SilverYachts in 2015, available for charter in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean this winter through Hill Robinson Charter Management. M/Y Maverick, a …

Capt. Peter Boulton dies

Capt. Peter Boulton died in Nice on March 28. A funeral is scheduled at the Nice Crematorium on April 4. He was 77.Boulton was a yacht captain and was a writer for Dockwalk, Boat International and …

Comments