Spotted rose snapper are fished with bottom longline on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
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Spotted rose snapper are fished with bottom longline on the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Costa Rican snapper fishery enters international sustainability assessment

First Central American and snapper fishery to enter Marine Stewardship Council program March 16, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – The Nicoya Peninsula artisanal snapper fishery located in the nearshore waters of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has voluntarily entered the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) full assessment process. Targeted species in the … Continue reading

Spinning to End Finning's benefit concert

Spinning to End Finning does it again

Teacher, conservationist, and cyclist Mark DiMaggio and University of California at Davis sophomore Devon Lambert have been taking action for the last few years against the slaughter of sharks by riding their road bikes across the country in multiple summer installments on an initiative they call Spinning to End Finning. 2013 marked the end of … Continue reading

An olive ridley sea turtle

Tales from an ARCAE research student

It has been an amazing adventure working with ARCAE this summer!  For a day on the job, I headed out on the 5am bus from the small town of Punta Banco, on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, right across from the tip of the Osa Peninsula, at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.  … Continue reading

Ingrid teaching

Simple donation + small non-profit = big difference

The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network – ARCAE has been awarded a portable projector from the USA based biodiversity conservation non-profit Idea Wild.  ARCAE would like to take this opportunity to thank Idea Wild for this generous gift. A projector will be a crucial piece of equipment for ARCAE’s educational and scientific presentations along … Continue reading

Spinning event annouoncement cropped

Shark Finning Benefit Event

The grass roots California based shark conservation initiative Spinning to End Finning will be holding a fundraising event in Paso Robles, California to promote the group’s  bike ride from Colorado to Kentucky this summer to raise awareness of sharks and funds to support shark protection projects in Costa Rica.  Click here to donate to the … Continue reading

The project site: mouth of the Golfo Dulce, Southern Pacific coast, Costa Rica (Photo: Ingrid Rojas)

Where the sharks (and other marine fauna) are

In 2012 ARCAE is performing a marine fauna visual survey of the mouth of the Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf) along Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast.  The project’s data will contribute to a national campaign to establish an increased number of marine protected areas and responsible fishing zones in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.  The Golfo Dulce … Continue reading

Hammer Head

An Incredible Dose of Support

Spinning to End Finning’s 2012 bike ride will raise awareness for the threats sharks face from overfishing and the practice of shark finning.  The ride will also raise money for ARCAE and Pretoma, two Costa Rican marine environmental non-profit partners active in local, regional, and global shark conservation campaigns.  As ARCAE’s executive director and Pretoma … Continue reading


Costa Rican NGO alligns with 1% for the Planet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          For more information, contact: Melody Badgett, 1% for the Planet +1 (802) 496-5408   ARCAE Announces Partnership with 1% for the Planet    San Jose, Costa Rica, April 13 – The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network – ARCAE is a new nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, an … Continue reading

DiMaggio and Lambert will both ride to save sharks this summer

He owns a bike—he’s saving sharks (again!)

He’s baaaaack!!  On the heals of his successful 2010 initiative to raise awareness for shark conservation during his bike ride around the Western USA, Marc DiMaggio, a school teacher from California, announced he’ll be at it again this summer, riding coast to coast this time to raise awareness and support for his Spinning to End … Continue reading

Kids decorated signs with "no littering" messages

Listening to the Community’s Needs

On March 16, 2012 the Costa Rican environmental and educational non-profit, ARCAE, hosted an educational workshop for the children of Punta Banco, a small coastal community located along Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific coast.  The event was part of the organization’s ongoing marine research and rural education initiatives in the area. The event was originally designed to … Continue reading


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