What is the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor in the Riviera Maya?

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‘Cause we all want to know.

A biological corridor was defined in the 1980′s by Florida Scientists to encourage the continuation of eco support through large bodies of land.  What was discovered was the following.  When you disenfranchise pieces of property through new land development, or separation through large fences or buildings, you actually are endengering the species that move between two points.  Are you following me? Let me paint you a picture.  There is some farm land, the cows are grazing on 10 acres and do this happily.  Then the farmer decides to sell off a piece of his land lets say an acre or two and the land becomes separated by a new building that the new owners choose to put up.  The cows are now limited to what they can eat, they can not get to the other 4 acres on teh other side of this new development and they start to die off due to lack of food.  This is an extreme example but what we have been doing is splitting up corridors of land and stopping animals from moving freely between their habitat.

When groups of any particular species are confined in isolated patches of habitat with limited area, they become subject to a variety of environmental stresses. The diversity of food plants may not be sufficient to provide sustenance through all of the seasons. Isolated populations of animals with limited gene pools tend to become inbred, resulting in loss of fertility, vigor and resistance to disease. Social pressures may increase, as was the case with the young capuchin expelled by the dominant male.

What Florida and other countries are now trying to do is preserve corridors of land so that sensitive habitats can continue to flourish and exist.  The MesoAmerican corridor is one of those.    In the 1980′s Mexico joined forces with North and South American countries to preserve corridors.  This includes ocean and land and in our area has given birth to the MesoAmerican Corridor.

This is an interesting concept and proven again and again to sustain eco environments so that species can continue to thrive.  In the ocean it is just as important to not segregate ocean floors and waters so that animals beneath the sea are also not put under stress.  Interbreeding in any species has its harmful effects.

How does this effect us and what we do.  It comes down to preserving the area where we live and dive.  Though we have some control over our land activities, as divers we have more control over how we respect the area where we are guests.  We have developed the Mesoamerican Corridor dive package so that divers can understand and witness how the Corridor works under the water.  For details please check out our new Spring and Summer 2010 packages that start April 15, 2010.

Have a story about your corridor.  Let us know!

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