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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
Yesterday, rangers at the Cocos Island in the Pacific rescued an endangered green sea turtle hooked by fishermen in protected waters. Conservation officials say this incident highlights the threat illegal fishing poses to endangered and vulnerable species. The hooked sea turtle, named Swift, was one of 15 turtles tagged by the Sea Turtle Conservation Group, which works to protect this critically endangered species. Crocodile Bay donated the GPS tracking devices for sea turtle conservation and research. Illegal poachers who are catching sharks for shark fin soup, a popular Asian delicacy, threaten sea turtle populations that get caught on their lines. This happened after Costa Rica lawmakers just passed a law banning hunting an important measure in protecting biodiversity. Ensuring biodiversity requires protecting endangered species and plants as well as the ecosystem. Continue reading →
As we move into fall and the temperatures begin to drop, it may time to start to plan an inshore fishing trip to Costa Rica’s legendary Golfo Dulce. In the sweetest gulf, there is always warm sunny weather and plenty to do even if it is just lying on a hot sandy beach with a book for hours. For the past 25 years, Costa Rica has been one of the most popular fishing destinations in the world. October is a great month for inshore fishing, and it is also the peak of the surfing season. Most of the inshore fish you catch can be taken back to your lodging to enjoy for dinner after a long hot day on the water.