June 12, 2021

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DRNA issues regulations on OE for concessionaires of marinas and aquatic recreational activities

Marina de Salinas. Photo: Supplied

SAN JUAN – The Secretary of Natural and Environmental Resources, Rafael Machargo Maldonado, issued Administrative Order 2021-01 and Circular Letter 2021-03, to clarify and update the extensions of OE-2021-010, on concessionaires of marinas and recreational activities aquatic in Puerto Rico.

“According to the most recent Executive Order issued by the governor, Pedro Pierluisi, it will be allowed to visit the beaches while maintaining certain controls to protect the health and safety of citizens. In addition, it is authorized to carry out from the marinas: recreational navigation, recreational fishing, commercial fishing and the practice of water sports, during the seven days a week from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm ”, said the Secretary.

In carrying out the permitted water activities, it will be a requirement to practice social distancing, maintaining a distance of ten (10) feet between people who are not part of the family nucleus, on land. The use of chairs, coolers and umbrellas is allowed in groups of the same family nucleus; however, the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.

Here is a summary of the most salient points of the regulations:

  1. a) In carrying out the permitted water recreational activities, it will be a requirement to practice physical distancing continuously, (minimum distance of ten (10) feet between groups, with a maximum of 10 people per group). The use of personal protective equipment, such as masks, is recommended at all times, as well as the use of disinfectants. In addition, it is recommended that each person use their personal equipment and not share such equipment. This includes fishing tackle used in recreational fishing.
  2. b) It will only be allowed to disembark through the public ramps and the Marinas. Once the maximum capacity of the designated parking area is occupied, NO more vehicles with tow will be allowed.
  3. c) Those who practice permitted water activities are required to comply with the applicable provisions of the laws and regulations that regulate the activity. For example, they must comply with Regulation 6979 of May 31, 2005, Regulation for Registration, Navigation and Aquatic Safety in Puerto Rico, and with Regulation 7949 of November 24, 2010, Puerto Rico Fishing Regulation.
  4. d) As of Friday, January 8, 2021, the Protected Natural Areas will continue to be open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with the following exceptions:
  • Boquerón Wildlife Refuge:

Wednesday to Sunday- 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

  • Guajataca Reservoir Wildlife Refuge:

Tuesday to Sunday- 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Cerrillos Embalse Wildlife Refuge:

Tuesday to Sunday- 6:00 am to 6:00 pm

  • Lucchetti Reservoir Wildlife Refuge:

Tuesday to Sunday- 6:30 am to 6:30 pm

  • Humacao Natural Reserve:

Monday through Friday- 7:30 am to 4:00 pm;

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • The camping areas remain closed.

The Guajataca, Lucchetti and Cerrillos Wildlife Refuges and the Laguna Tortuguero and Humacao Nature Reserves will be operating from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm, from Wednesday to Sunday. The facilities managed by the National Parks Program will be open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm. The use of gazebos is only allowed for families, prior reservation with the administration of the facilities concerned. Waterfowl hunting is allowed in the Boquerón Wildlife Refuge, in the Humacao Nature Reserve and in the Jobos Bay Estuarine Research National Reserve, from dawn to noon. Hunters are allowed to move to hunting areas from two (2) hours before sunrise.

  1. e) The following water activities are allowed, maintaining social distancing in the water:
  • Recreational boating in boats or navigation vehicles; such as: boats, boats, jet skis or sailboats.
  • Recreational fishing (in all its modalities), from boats, navigation vehicles and / or shore. Includes saltwater and inland fishing.
  • Swim
  • Snorkeling and diving
  • Paddle: Kayak, board (“Paddleboard”) and canoe
  • Surf in all its modalities (shore surfing and “morey boogie”)
  • “Windsurfing”, “Sunfish”, “banana boat” and “Hobie Cat” from ramps or from the shore
  • Walk, run, jog
  • Pray and Meditation
  • Calisthenics, Yoga and Pilates
  • Bird watching and photography
  • Waterfowl hunting
  • Commercial fishing
  • One boat per mooring or mooring buoy will be allowed. Anchorage on beaches, keys and islets less than 50 feet is prohibited; and maintain a minimum distance of 15 feet between boats and navigation vehicles (including kayaks, canoes, surfboards and / or paddleboards).
  • The use of the ramps will be allowed as long as an order of arrival is maintained. They will remain in their vehicles until it is their turn. The agglomeration of people in these areas will not be allowed; and social distancing and the use of masks must be maintained once they get out of the vehicles at all times.
  • And any sport allowed by the Sports and Recreation Department in its current Circular Letter.

“We urge all marinas, commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, and the general public, to follow the guidelines given in these communications, which are effective immediately and are strictly enforced,” concluded the Secretary.

Failure to comply with the provisions of the Administrative Order and the Circular Letter by the concessionaires or citizens will be sufficient cause for the imposition of an administrative fine and the suspension or revocation of the Concession, if applicable.

For more information, you can access the website of the DNER or any of the official social networks of the Department for more information. Likewise, if you have any questions or concerns, you can write to us via email: [email protected].

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