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 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

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

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

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 melody@onepercentfortheplanet.org +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

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

DiMaggio and Lambert will both ride to save sharks this summer

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

Listening to the Community’s Needs

Kids decorated signs with "no littering" messages

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

Working together–Improving the Oceans

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

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