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

Jon and Jose plug coordinates into the GPS during one of the project's marine survey boat trips in February.

Working together–Improving the Oceans

ARCAE (The Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network) volunteer Jon Schrank (USA) teaches Jose Cortez — a local sea turtle expert from Punta Banco, Costa Rica — how to use a GPS in order to mark the positions of marine fauna they observe during a visual census of the mouth of the Gulfo Dulce along Costa … 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

ARCAE’s Childrens’ Environmental Education Workshop: Punta Banco

On Friday March 16, 2012 the ARCAE association will hold an environmental education workshop at the Punta Banco elementary school for all children in grades K-6.   Activities will include a beach clean-up competition, the making and hanging of signs with environmental messages around the town, interactive presentations on local marine life, and videos about the … Continue reading

ARCAE begins field work in Southern Golfo Dulce

On December 10, 2011 the Costa Rican Environmental and Educational Network—ARCAE began field work for its coastal conservation project titled: Sea Turtle Activity in an Approved Aquaculture Site, Mouth of the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica.  Organization members performed an initial visual survey of the project site aboard a local artisanal fishing boat while GPS logging … 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

PRETOMA—finalist for 2011 Gulfstream Navigator Award

English translation of press release sent to Costa Rican media  “The Sustainable Coastal Development Project,” implemented in the district of Bejuco, Guanacaste by the Costa Rican environmental non-profit PRETOMA, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Savannah Ocean Exchange’s $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award.  Each year the Savannah Ocean Exchange (September 7-8, 2011 in Savannah, … Continue reading

The sustainable seafood economy–it’s happening

Our coasts are on the edge.  With a global race being run to exploit coastal resources, we push these areas of economic, environmental, and social importance closer to the tipping point.  Assuming these pressures will not subside in the foreseeable future, we must begin to identify and implement sustainable development strategies for the planet’s coastal … Continue reading