All posts by Nora M.

Catch and Release Fishing: The History

Catch and Release Sailfish
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Costa Rica is known for fishing and the practice of catch and release is widespread now. It is method practiced these days all over the world as a result of conservation efforts and is widely supported by international professional anglers who understand that preserving fish stock is critical.  Anglers spend a lot of time out on the waters and familiar with the plentiful or not so plentiful fish stock making more them more aware of issues surrounding maintaining healthy populations. With the growth of commercial fishing many species are now threatened by overfishing and protecting fish populations from overfishing is now more important than ever before in history.  While Costa Rica has strong catch and release policies in effect and is probably one of the most popular destinations for anglers worldwide, the practice actually began in the UK. Continue reading

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning: Major Victory for Biodiversity

Banning Shark Finning
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Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla signed a law-banning shark finning yesterday. The practice involves slicing off shark fins, often while the sharks are still alive and then throwing them back into the ocean to die. Costa Rica had loopholes in their previous legislation that banned the practice. It should also be noted that last week Costa Rica passed legislation banning hunting for sport. Huffington Post quoted President Chinchilla saying “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we have had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.” Continue reading

Spotting Wildlife on Horseback: Day Long Ecotour In Costa Rica’s Rainforest

A couple traveling together and staying at Crocodile Bay took a day long ecotour on horseback through the Osa Peninsula’s rainforest here are their pictures from their trip.

Relaxing before our ecotour
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Crocodile Bay guests getting ready to leave for day long tour through the rainforest of Corcovado National Park on horseback.

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Jet Blue Offers Election 2012 Sore Losers A Ticket To Costa Rica

Election 2012: Costa Rica Ocean
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Pack your bag for Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula, Jet Blue is offering free plane tickets this election 2012! All it takes is a second to participate in Jet Blue’s Election Protection 2012 contest to win a free flight to one of the airlines international destinations. If you live in the USA then you are aware of the election buzz occupying the minds of most people as the debates continue to heat up over health care, education, taxes and jobs. Meanwhile down south, the people of Costa Rica are quietly going about their daily lives with very little drama compared to the hectic pace of the USA.  Surfboards, fishing rods, good food and spending time with people is what matters in the happiest country in the world. Continue reading

Crocodiles Galore: Spotting Endangered Species in the Osa Peninsula

 

Endangered Species: Crocodile
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Costa Rica is home to many endangered species including the intimating crocodile, the legendary sea turtle and lovable frog. All these creatures live on the beautiful Osa Peninsula. With so many different endangered species, the Osa Peninsula is a trip into the world of exotic animals.  Crocodiles can be found throughout the rivers and estuaries along with many colorful frogs, and along the beaches are protected areas for the sea turtle.  There are ecotours that can take you to different spots in the peninsula where you will spot many of nature’s wonders. Continue reading

Sharing with the Indigenous Guaymies

Guaymi Girl

Featured Article & Photos by: Dennis Atencio, Eco Director for Crocodile Bay

Two weeks ago we received a letter from the Red Cross of Puerto Jiménez. The letter was an invitation to donate anything we could to the indigenous, Guaymies who have economic problem from the over use of their land and not having adequate health care and education. This group of indigenous people live 18 miles from Crocodile bay, they have a territory with about 2713 hectares with 85% primary forest.  The name of the area where the people live is Alto Laguna, which means upper lagoon. Continue reading

The Happiest Marine Life: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity for the World

Biodiversity Marine Life
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The incredible biodiversity of marine and wildlife life, especially the abundant diverse fish populations attracts millions of visitors to Costa Rica each year. Anglers from all over the world travel to Cost Rica for year round sport fishing. Ocean activities include world class offshore and inshore fishing, surfing, diving, snorkeling and just dipping your toes in the sand. The Osa Peninsula is probably one of the best fishing spots in the world, with marlin and Red Snapper. Even less abundant marine animals such as whales and dolphins are safe in these waters. Costa Rica possesses 3.5% of the world’s marine life and is home to over a 1,000 species of fish, 17% of the all the fish species in the world. Continue reading