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National Marine Park of Cozumel
The Reefs of Cozumel National Park

The Reefs of Cozumel National Park will host the swimming component for the 2009 edition of IRONMAN which this year takes place in the Island of Cozumel. We at the National Park feel honored and excited to participate in this important event and what it represents for our islandís marine and coastal resources.

History
Cozumel is considered among the top diving spots in the World. Its coral reefs are part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System and it is these and their beauty that make Cozumel the number one destiny for cruisers and divers.

Cozumelís reefs are home to 282 species of fish, 27 species of sea sponges, 77 species of coral, 16 species of echinoderms, 24 species of mollusks and 10 species of anemones. They also host sea turtles, lobsters and Queen Conch.

Due to itís biological and economical significance, the area now known as Reefs of Cozumel National Park, was declared as such on July 19th 1996. It spans an area of nearly 12,000 hectares, including reefs and beaches on the southeast and southwest coasts of the island.

The purpose of the National park is to Protect itís invaluable natural resources through scientific monitoring, surveillance, community involvement programs and environmental education and awareness programs.

The Parkís authority and the community of Cozumel greatly appreciate and thank your active participation in the conservation of our reefs.


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