You may be wondering why, out of all the communities on the Yucatan coastline, we are working in the village of Punta Allen. Punta Allen (officially Javier Rojo Gómez) is the largest village in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. It is a small Mayan fishing village with a 2010 census population of 469 inhabitants, and the only land access is by a rough 50 kilometre track.
According to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation podcast, Punta Allen is “the town that lobster built”. 70 per cent of Mexican lobsters originate there. At word was a lobsterman called Charley, complaining about tons of plastic in the waters. And there you have it, there is a serious problem with pollution.
The beach is not groomed, and is littered with garbage brought in by the waves. Most of this garbage is said to come from cruise ships and other Caribbean countries with open land fills. Every time a hurricane passes it picks up the garbage and deposits it in the sea, to be left till it makes its way to one of the beaches.
We go to Punta Allen for various reasons but by participating in beach clean ups and supporting in the investment of a recycling centre, we can help try and prevent the pollution issues in the region.
Thank you for your continual support of this project this year.
All the best