Coast Guard apprehends shrimp trawler illegally fishing in wildlife refuge protected area

On the night of Wednesday February 8, 2017 Coast Guard officials from San Francisco de Coyote captured the shrimp trawler Monarca illegally fishing inside the Camaronal Wildlife Refuge’s Marine Protected Area located on the Nicoya Peninsula on the country’s Northern Pacific coast. Officials towed the vessel to Puntarenas and confiscated the catch which consisted of … Continue reading

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

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

Tuna Farm Aquaculture Project Stopped

On Monday November 7, 2011 Costa Rica’s Environmental Secretariat (SETENA), via official document 2723-2011, stated it would no longer consider Granjas Atuneras de Golfito SA’s  petition to construct a yellow fin tuna aquaculture project, or tuna farm, at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.  SETENA’s decision permanently closes the case on Granjas Atuneras’ (the company … Continue reading

You self righteous jackass. You’re pathetic.

  A while back I posted some “hate mail” I received regarding the proposed destruction of Leatherback Sea Turtle National Park here in Costa Rica.  Because doing that was so therapeutic, I thought I’d post the following public comments I got from a gentleman who wants to know where he can see whales and play golf down … Continue reading

World Oceans Day–Costa Rica’s Perspective

June 8, 2011 is World Oceans Day—a time to reflect on what we’re doing to protect the planet’s leading oxygen producer, food producer, climate regulator, and source of everlasting inspiration (that last one’s a personal label I hang on it).  So, let me concentrate on just a few facts and happenings here in Costa Rica. … Continue reading

Artisanal fishers win global conservation competition

Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from National Geographic and the Inter-­American Development Bank (IADB), announced yesterday that PRETOMA’s Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators entry was one of the three winners in the Places On The Edge-­Saving Coastal And Freshwater Destinations Online competition.  The project is developing environmental, economic, and social … Continue reading

You can help stop the Playa Caletas wetland destruction

The Hotel Casa Caletas, located on the tip of beautiful Coyote Point, Guanacaste, promotes the area’s rich biodiversity in order to fuel its “eco” tourism business. Unfortunately, its owner, Sylvester Fiechtinger, is also the owner of Agropecuaria Caletas S.A., the farming company that for the past 4 years has been destroying the Caletas Arío National … Continue reading

Major Environmental Award Given to Shark Finning Opponent

Randall Arauz of Costa Rica, Pretoma’s  president and founder, was announced as a 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize winner on Earth Day (April, 22) in San Francisco, California.  He received the prestigious award for his tireless work to draw international attention to and end the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry in Costa Rica. “Shark … Continue reading

A fine mess you’ve left us with – the state of the Costa Rican environment (Part 2)

Former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias handed over the reins to Laura Chinchilla.  Part 2 of the “Environmental State of the Country Report” will critique Arias’ decision making related to the management of the country’s natural resources related to: coastal development, dwindling water supplies, the Environmental Secretariat (Setena), and Las Baulas (Leatherback sea turtle) National Park. Coastal … Continue reading