If you protect the reef, it can continue to protect you.
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And the community conservation proposal.

Placement and Maintenance of Buoys

2014

PLACEMENT OF BUOYS

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The buoy placement work was done under the direction of Robert Matos Morales, DRNA and founding member of the Marine Reserve.

This type of "Torpedo" buoy was chosen because it is one that offers less resistance to swell and is easy to identify.

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Nilda Jiménez - DRNA, collaborated with the tasks of marking coordinates and preparing the permit application for the permit application of federal agencies.

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The buoys were installed with the personnel of the Office of the Commissioner of Navigation of the DNRA.

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2015

BUOY MAINTENANCE

The works directed by Robert Matos Morales, DRNA and founding member of the Marine Reserve.

The buoys must be maintained, cleaned periodically, but in addition to that, the installed buoys have been vandalized. During the year we were informing through our Facebook page of people who do not want to accept that the perimeter of the Marine Reserve is free of motor boats. Each of these buoys has a cost of $250.00. The Management Board does not have a boat, so we have to do these tasks by swimming, kayaking or lending us a boat. The routine maintenance work was possible to reinstall 6 buoys and the work could not be completed due to bad weather and lack of a boat.

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2016

The purpose of keeping motor boats out of the Marine Reserve area is to protect people who snorkel, surf, swim and the species that inhabit the reef such as manatees, sea turtles and corals. That is why it is designated a marine protected area.

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The works directed by Robert Matos Morales, DRNA and founding member of the marine reserve.

The 18 buoys installed have to be maintained, cleaned periodically but in addition to that they have been vandalized. During the year we were informing through our Facebook page of people who do not want to accept that the perimeter of the marine reserve is free of motor boats.

5 buoys were re-installed on the north line and in less than a week they had been vandalized. Each of these buoys has a cost for all of us of $260.00, plus the re-installation work.

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2017

Maintenance and replacement of demarcation buoys in the perimeter of the Marine Reserve and in the Isla Verde channel.

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The 15 buoys that were installed in 2014 have surely been vandalized by those who have been fined. Each buoy costs us all $250.00 plus materials and labor hours.

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2018

Maintenance and replacement of demarcation buoys in the perimeter of the Marine Reserve to avoid this.

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TO TRY TO AVOID THIS!

That is why we have to place the buoys, make sure they do not get in the way. The surveillance in the last 4 years has been limited since neither the DNRA nor the Municipality of Carolina has boats to help us.

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(August 22th, 2018)

2019

The installation and maintenance of the buoys at sea are one of the most complicated tasks that we have to carry out. To make the situation worse, the boat that we had acquired for the installation and maintenance of buoys, the DRNA took it to another place and disappeared.

After obtaining permission from the US Army Corps of Engineers, a management carried out by Nilda Jiménez, the buoys were installed under the direction of Robert Matos, both biologists from the DRNA.

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In 2014 we began installing 15 torpedo buoys around the perimeter.

We thank Kenny Pastor for lending us the boat. Signs were installed on the access ramps of the area so that motor boat operators would know about the protected marine area designated by Law 274 and Navigation Law 430 Article 7 and Boat Regulations 6979-Article 24. In this task we Damaris Delgado from the DNRA helped.

The vandalism was not long in coming because the jet skis operators who received the infraction ($250) retaliated by breaking the buoys. In 2014 and 2015, the Carolina Municipal Police and its Maritime Unit helped us in effective surveillance.

At the end of 2015, the vessels of the Municipality of Carolina were damaged and the surveillance that they offered us within a Collaborative Agreement signed in 2014 vanished and with the cuts from the state government, the DNRA cannot carry out the necessary surveillance. Everything we had achieved in 2014 and 2015 was lost.

Faced with this situation, the Management Board decided to start the program of the Reef Watchers, activating volunteers and using photography as a tool to make complaints and in the absence of state and municipal surveillance, the only option we had left was the photographic complaints.

After three years of asking the DNRA to inform us if the complaints we were sending them were being processed and not receiving a reply, at the end this year Ms. Mildred Sotomayor helped us and organized a meeting with department personnel to coordinate the installation of the new demarcation buoys for the marine reserve. We thank Tnte. Ángel Cruz, Nilda Jiménez, Peréz Prado, Paola Quiñones and Carlos Diez for attending the meetings with the purpose of re-installing the buoys.

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On the other hand, Lic. Sotomayor informed us that the photographic complaints were not valid as there was no government agent making the complaint. Thus, the protected areas are at the mercy of the government being able to protect them, they are the only ones who can report. We hope they fulfill the commitment to monitor.


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