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Two tourism companies suspended for violating Akumal Bay rules

Tulum, Quintana Roo — The Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) withdrew tourists from the protected natural area of Akumal Bay and suspended the permits of two companies.

On Monday, two companies were temporarily suspended from their commercial activities in Akumal Bay after they were found violating rules. Numerous tourists were removed from the protected swimming area and the companies fined after they were discovered in the water on an illegal day.

In an attempt to better control the damage being done to the bay, Profepa has implemented a rule of no swimming with turtles every Monday, a rule that is listed in the permits granted to the service providers.

To enforce the rule, Profepa developed an operation plan in conjunction with the Federal Maritime Terrestrial Zone (Zofemat), the Secretariat of the Navy (Semar), the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) and community watchers from Akumal.

The operation is intended to discourage illegal activities that harm turtles, corals and seagrass in the protected area of Akumal Bay Refuge.

On the day of the operation, an inspection report was drawn up for the Pirates of Akumal Cooperative Society and the dive shop Akumal Dive Center for carrying out activities of swimming and observating sea turtles using tourist boats.