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Youth Conservation group of Cozumel experience coral reef replanting program first hand

Cozumel, Q.R. — The Foundation of Parks and Museums of Cozumel (FPMC) has carried out additional coral planting in Punta Sur. The project was done in the Punta Sur reef area in coordination with Oceanus.

The director of Conservation and Environmental Education (CEA), Rafael Chacón Díaz, explained that the project currently has more than 1,850 coral fragments, of which 1,500 are on the Chankanaab coastline and 350 in Punta Sur. In both cases, restoration was done with genetic material.

A group of Cozumel kids were brought to the area to see the project first-hand and learn about the importance of the coral reef system. The kids were part of the Youth for Conservation group who visited the Punta Sur reef, where 350 coral gametes were planted in that area for the first time in March.

The General Director of the FPMC, José Luis Chacón Méndez, along with businessman Alejandro Castro, arranged a catamaran to bring the 30 seven to 13 year old kids, who are members of the group, to the coral reef.

Coordinators are hoping that what the kids learn through experience and the information they receive becomes something significant that lasts over time, creating a positive change for the future environment in which they will live.