If you’re visiting Cancun and going on a snorkel or scuba diving tour, it is important to be aware of how we can help the ocean from climate change.
Is climate change affecting Cancun dive sites and the local area?
Cozumel, Cancun and the Riviera Maya are beautiful places to dive
These reef areas are still amazing and in great conditions but there are signs of change.
Our oceans are critical to the ecosystems and life itself
The ocean provides 50% of our oxygen, half of the air we breathe is thanks to that vast expanse of water that we take for granted. The ocean is critical to our natural water cycles which provide us with rain and is a vital food source as well as a protector – did you know that the ocean stores the excess of carbon (created by humans burning fossil fuels and deforestation) and without this water earth would be a furnace?
How does climate change affect our coral reef
Coral bleaching is caused by climate change. Climate change has affected the temperature of our oceans which in turn affects the natural balance of the ocean and all that lives in it. The natural ecosystems that provide food and habitat for sea life changes, the conditions in which coral and algae can grow are damaged and in time coral bleaching occurs.
What are we doing to help in Cancun and Riviera Maya?
This is a relatively young tourist destination but even so, over the last 30 years thousands of visitors have been enjoying Cancun’s snorkel tours and visiting the local reef sites. The National Marine Park of Cancun and Isla Mujeres was formed 18 years ago in order to ensure conservation of these important natural gardens. Each Cancun tour operator must have permits and licenses to visit the area and guidelines have been set to the number of visitors and sizes of boats that can navigate the reef areas per day.
The Cancun Underwater Museum
The Underwater Museum of Cancun was created with conservation in mind. British artist Jason DeCaires Taylor created an artificial reef area to draw visitors away from the natural reefs and give them a well deserved break. The Cancun museum consists of over 470 life sized statues made from marine cement which promote the growth of algae and coral. Each statue has it’s own meaning and function whether it provides a rich infrastructure for coral to grow or contains holes and crevices for sea life to enter and breed.
Whenever you go diving in Cancun or take a snorkel tour in Puerto Morelos or enjoy Cozumel diving, you will be asked to pay $2.30 usd – this is a government fee put towards the conservation of the local area. Help us keep our nature reserves pristine and healthy.