Bugs, water, and oysters – RockyPoint360 NewsWrap

Pinacate insects do not represent health concerns

By José Antonio Perez

April 21, 2017.  The recent abundance of insects locally known as Pinacates (black stink bugs) do not represent any health risks in the city, affirms Alberto Aldrete Germán, Municipal Health Coordinator.  He noted the increased numbers stem from the insect’s natural reproduction cycle, which once complete their numbers should decrease.  For further information, please contact the Municipal Health Office at 388 5152, or visit their offices at Blvd. Lopez Portillo and Puerto de la Paz.


Water leak quickly repaired

By José Antonio Perez

April 21, 2017.  Late Thursday evening, an 8” water pipe running parallel to the city’s main 30” water line presented a problem once again near the intersection of Blvd Juarez, Blvd Josefa, and Blvd Samuel Ocaña, causing water shortages and decreased pressure. The situation, however, was addressed within a question of hours, reported Water Department (OOMAPAS) Director Hesdín Soto Lizárraga, with wells being put back on line at approximately 4:30 a.m. the next morning.


Nearly 40 tons of trash removed from beaches

By José Antonio Perez

April 21, 2017.  The Federal Maritime Land Zone Office (ZOFEMAT) reports trash removal from area beaches from April 12th -17th more than quadrupled regular clean-up efforts, with removal of nearly 40 tons of trash in just one week.  ZOFEMAT Operations Director César García González indicated the clean-up over Semana Santa included participation of ZOFEMAT staff, help from Playa Hermosa beach vendors, and crews from Municipal Public Services. Primary areas of focus were Playa Hermosa, Playa Bonita, Sandy Beach, La Choya, Mi Playa, and El Mirador, as well as beach access and parking areas.


COFEPRIS ends ban on bivalve mollusks

Press Release

Puerto Peñasco, Sonora. April 18, 2017.  A health ban on bivalve mollusks including oysters, clams, and mussels, among others found along the coasts of Puerto Peñasco has been lifted, reports Fishing Director Antonio Bellot Uribe.

Bellot Uribe detailed the temporary ban was put in place nearly three months ago by the Federal Commission on Health Risk Protection (COFEPRIS) for harvesting in Playa Encanto, Ejido Almejas, and Bahía San Jorge due to “Red Tide” concerns.  He noted lifting of the ban is beneficial for the local coastal fishing sector, which employs more than 150 employees either directly or indirectly.




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