For any one who is interested, I am planning to begin work with some other people to begin the processes necessary for the establishment of a marine reserve in the Tulum area. Beginning in January 2008 we will begin discussions with a local lawyer and accountant to form a non-profit foundation with a charter of seeking and administering aid and donations for conservation and protection of a local reef area to be defined but initially we are considering dividing the reefs into take and no take zones and working with local fishermen and enlisting the aid of enforcement officials to control and protect the no take zones.
Other measures would include:
- Establishing permanent moorings in shallow reef areas for snorkeling and diving boats to safely moor without reef damage.
- Providing educational materials regarding reef ecosystems and the importance of conserving them.
- Collecting research materials from many sources to support the validity and importance of the proposed protected zones for the long term viability of the most important economic activities in the area, snorkeling, diving and fishing both commercial and recreational.
In the early stages, we will need to secure some funding sources and accumulate some funds to cover the costs of the registration and legal processes. We will try as much as possible to get professionals to donate their services.
I will make more posts as the project progresses.