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CROEM Visits Tres Palmas Marine Reserve

March 21, 2017

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, a field trip to Playa Escalera was conducted. This beach is part of the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve (RMTP) in Rincón, Puerto Rico. We went with a group of students from the Residential Center for Educational Opportunities of Mayagüez (CROEM) to introduce them to the Reserve, the ecosystems in this area, and the importance of conserving this and other similar zones in our archipelago. We wanted these young people to have direct contact with the RMTP and learn what a reserve is, why it is called that way, how it was designated as a protected area, and the implications of this designation. While we were there, the students rotated through various stations. In each of these, educators showed them a different theme about marine and coastal resources. For example, the students had the opportunity to see the mangrove trees in the RMTP and identify them, took water quality measurements, measured various weather parameters, and observed the characteristic corals of the place, the elkhorn corals, along with the organisms that inhabit this ecosystem. Also, several wardens from the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico gave them a speech about what should and should not be done in the RMTP, the work they do, and the importance of protecting these places for the enjoyment of all people. It was a very enriching experience as most of these students were coming to this Reserve for the first time.


March 21, 2017
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Autorizado por la Comisión Estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-16-893

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