The Tourism Ministries of Puerto Vallarta, State of Jalisco, and Riviera Nayarit disagree with the decision to close ‘Love Beach’ at the Marietas Islands for coral regrowth and allow time for environmental rebound.
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Ludwig Estrada, Regional Director of Tourism, stated there is an agreement to control the number of visitors each day and better management of the islands but all National Parks should remain open and can do so while also protecting the environment.
The National Commission for Environmental Protection announced the closer of the beach last week beginning on May 9 in order to replant dying coral in the area and address other environmental concerns. It is believed the coral is dying due to excessive boat oil in the water, anchors breaking coral, and the impact of over populated tourism in the area.
Ludwig Estrada said that in the coming days the tourism departments in the area will meet with the Director of Conanp, the National Commission for Environmental Protection, along with biologists to discuss other solutions.