Mahahual, Costa Maya Beach Clean with Sustenta; Conserving Chinchorro Banks and the Mesoamerican Coral Reef.
Limpia Mahahual 2012 (CleanMahahual 2012) initiated in 2009 by Sustenta, a companybased in MexicoCity, dedicated to makingpeoplesociallyandenvironmentallyresponsible.
Sustenta organizedtheMexicanCaribbeanbeachcleanupevent, whichwasheldonSaturday25thFebruary, withsupportfrom a varietyofothercompanies, both local, nationalandinternational. The idea was to makepeopleawareofthe global contaminationofplastic in theoceans, whichwashesashoreontheMexicanbeachesandalso to encouragethereductionofthe use ofplastics in general.
The local communityturnedout in force (350 peoplecompared to only 50 in 2009) withincredibleresults; 562 bags (1547.7kg) ofPETwascollected , 427 bags (1281 kg) ofplasticand 555 bags )3607 ofotherrubbish. Allrecyclableplasticsweretaken to a recyclingplant in Chetumal. Prizesofnon-motorisedscooters, waterdrinkingbottles, waterfilter machines and radios weregiven to thewinningteams.
ManytouristsvisitMajahual, Costa Maya, to goscubadivingorsnorkelingatthefamous Chinchorro Banks, a natural reserve 35kmsfromMahahual. That’swhathappened in my case more than 8 yearsago! WiththeMesoamerican coral reef, thesecondlargest in theworldaftertheGreatBarrierReef in Australia, runningparallelwithourMexicanCaribbeancoastline, it’s vital thatweprotectit to ensurethatfuturetouristsarriving in Costa Maya can enjoyit.
Mahahualthanks Sustenta forit’ssupportandhopes to see an evenbiggerturnoutfor 2013.