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

What’s wrong with this sea turtle hatchling picture?

So, what’s wrong with this sea turtle hatchling picture? First some background: On February 26, 2012, 79 green turtles (Chelonia mydas) hatched in Punta Banco, Costa Rica. They were released by Jose Cortez, a local sea turtle naturalist, and photographed by a volunteer of the Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network—ARCAE.  Green sea turtles are … Continue reading

Farming Company Poisons Turtle Wildlife Refuge – Endangers Volunteers

(San José, Costa Rica-August 6, 2010).  Aerial applications of a powerful poison inside the Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge, Guanacaste on July 20th and 31st by the farming company Agropecuario Caletas S.A. have lead to widespread fish kills.  The chemical applications also threaten one of Costa Rica’s most productive turtle nesting beaches where 4 species, including … Continue reading

Costa Rica’s greatest fisheries observer has more stories to tell

Allan Bolaños is back!!  The Pretoma fisheries observer returned this week from his third longline voyage where he’s been testing a modified fishing hook. The hook is designed in the traditional “J” style but has an extra steel cable attached to the underside of its curved portion.  Pulling on the cable causes the hook to … Continue reading

Leatherback National Park Saved (for now)

Las Baulas Leatherback National Park has been saved for the time being! Costa Rica’s Environmental Commission decided to postpone further discussion of the presidentially sponsored bill 17.383 that would reduce the park to a wildlife refuge and open its leatherback sea turtle nesting buffer zone up to development interests. Responsibility now falls on the shoulders of Costa Rica’s new … Continue reading