I have copied a message from Christi (Cozchristi) that she has put up on Scubaboard that needs sharing here too. Please note the rule about feeding the fish. Be advised that all of the resorts south of the area that has the last traffic light as you leave town are within the Marine Park boundaries.
"Those of you whose dive ops allow you to allow you to wear gloves and carry knives...be prepared for that to stop. The marine park has once again started putting divers in the water to patrol. They are actually following divemasters and carrying signs that identify themselves as the marine park.
Marine park bracelets must also be worn on your wrist...NOT on your BCD...and they must be visible. So put it on your wrist and pull your wetsuit sleeve up so that it is visible.
I think it's great that they are cracking down, but I don't necessarily think they should follow a group around the entire dive...that's a little intimidating.
Here is a reminder of the marine park rules, please cooperate with your dive guide as he/she is required to enforce these rules. Please respect them so that the next generations of divers can enjoy what we enjoy
The Marine Park includes the shoreline and reefs starting just south of the International pier and extending around the southern tip of the island to Islote.
As our guest you can help us to preserve the reef and marine wildlife conservation program by following a few basic rules:
It is Strictly Prohibited:
To stand on, sit on, or take hold of the coral reef
To fish for, to collect, to disturb, or to keep any marine organism found in the park (fish, corals, shells, winkles, starfish, etc.)
To carry spears, hooks, harpoons or explosives
To carry gloves or knives (Divemasters and instructors may register these items for use with the marine park for emergency purposes)
To disturb or to remove fauna and flora from their refuges
To feed any fish or animal in the marine park
To dispose of any kind of solid waste in the ocean
To dump fuel, grease, oil or any other liquid substance into the ocean
To use sunblock or suntan oils which are not biodegradable
All dives within the marine park reserve are required to be led by a local and certified Divemaster or Instructor with Marine Park Credentials at a ratio not to exceed 8:1.
We appreciate your cooperation and understanding of these regulations set forth to protect our coral reef environment.
Your dive guide is authorized to enforce these rules and will, if necessary, interrupt, restrict, or terminate a dive if tourists in your group do not obey these rules.
Your courtesy in carefully following these rules will help ensure that our precious reefs, living organisms in their own right, will enjoy long and healthy lives. For your support and help, the people of Cozumel thank you"