Cozumel Marine Park Announces Partial Closure

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The southern part of Cozumel Marine Park will be closed to divers beginning October 7th, it was announced last week.

That portion of the park — from the Palancar Pier southwards including Colombia, Punta Sur, El Cielo, and Maracaibo — will stay closed for a minimum of three months and maybe even longer, according to Scuba Tony Cozumel.

The coral reefs of Cozumel have been suffering from Stony Coral Tissue Loss (SCTL), a bacterial infection caused by cruise ships and waste mismanagement by nearby hotels.

Despite the closure, a good chunk of the park is still open to divers, including:

  • La Francesa;
  • Delila;
  • Cedral;
  • Santa Rosa Wall;
  • San Francisco;
  • Puta Tunich ;
  • Yucab;
  • Tormetos;
  • C53 reck dive; and
  • Paradise reef.

For more info, check out the Scuba Tony Cozumel blog.