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;
- Santa Rosa Wall;
- San Francisco;
- Puta Tunich ;
- C53 reck dive; and
- Paradise reef.
For more info, check out the Scuba Tony Cozumel blog.