costa rica

Sea Turtle Environmentalist Suspected Murdered by Poachers

Posted Mon, Jun 3, 2013 by Justine Sullivan to costa rica, endangered, environmentalist, jairo mora sandoval, leatherback, poacher, sea turtle, sea turtle eggs, smuggle

Jairo Mora Sandoval, student and environmentalist who worked to protect leatherback sea turtles and their nests, was found dead in Costa Rica on May 31, suspected killed by sea turtle egg poachers and smugglers. 

An environmentalist fighting for endangered sea turtles in Costa Rica has been found dead, suspected killed by sea turtle poachers. Jairo Mora Sandoval, a noted Costa Rican environmentalist, was a biology student who worked for the state-sponsored Paradero Eco-Tour, an animal rescue group and turtle sanctuary. Mora Sandoval also worked as a volunteer with the nonprofit environmental group Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), which works to protect sea turtles and their eggs across Central America. Mora Sandoval worked particularly to protect leatherback turtle nests from poachers and smugglers in Moin beach in Limon province. He was reported found badly beaten and shot in the head, face down with his hands tied on Moin beach, which lies 105 miles east of Costa Rica’s capital, San Jose. Sandoval was 26.


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2,000 Sharks Massacred in Colombian Sanctuary

Posted Wed, Oct 19, 2011 by Emily Fisher to colombia, costa rica, galapagos sharks, hammerhead sharks, illegal fishing, malpelo sanctuary, shark finning, shark massacre, whale sharks

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Shark fins drying in the sun. © Oceana/LX

Just a few weeks after we celebrated a soaring victory for sharks on the U.S. West Coast, Colombian authorities have reported that as many as 2,000 hammerhead, Galápagos and silky sharks may have been slaughtered in Colombia's Pacific waters.  

According to the Colombian president’s top environmental adviser, divers saw 10 Costa Rican trawlers illegally entering the Malpelo wildlife sanctuary.  When the divers swam down to the ocean floor, they found a shocking amount of sharks without their fins.

The Malpelo sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage site, provides an ideal habitat for threatened sharks. Unfortunately, the high concentration of sharks in the sanctuary draws illegal fishing boats from nearby nations.

It’s sad day for sharks, but we'll continue working to stop illegal fishing and shark finning. You can help by supporting our campaign to protect our ocean’s top predators from extinction.


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Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity

Posted Thu, Mar 17, 2011 by Emily Fisher to caletas ario nature reserve, cirenas organization, coastal development, costa rica, egg poaching, ocean conservation, overfishing, sea turtles

A collared aracari on Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Sometimes our supporters point out organizations that are doing inspiring work for the oceans around the world. Thanks to supporter Joanna Adler for alerting us to the great work of an organization in Costa Rica called CIRENAS.

The Center of Investigation for Natural and Social Resources, or CIRENAS, is an organization that co-manages the Caletas Ario Nature Reserve, which is located on one of the last undeveloped stretches of coastline on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.


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