April 1, 2011 § 1 Comment
On the subject of Galapagos Green Turtle Season…
Researchers from Widecast Costa Rica discovered a mature female Eastern Pacific Green turtle which had been tagged in the Galapagos Islands during their collection study Thursday in the Gulfo Dulce in the Osa Peninsula. Blood and tissue samples were taken from the turtle and then the sea creature was released.
“This is very exciting for us,” said Didiher Chacón who is president of Widecast Costa Rica, a sea turtle conservation organization. “We have been capturing turtles on and average of every two hours of time on the water and discovered what we think is a major feeding ground in the Golfo Dulce for Green Turtle populations.
It is rare for a Green Turtle to nest in the GolfoDulce area. Turtles that come to Costa Rica nest at beaches in Santa Rosa National Park, Nombre de Jesus and Punta Pargos in Guanacaste. Widecast researchers now believe the turtles come from as far as Galapagos, off the coast of Ecuador, to feed in the gulf.
Blood samples from the turtles in the area will give a Widecast a better idea of the health of the Golfo Dulce. Pesticide, sewage and sediment levels detected in the samples will determine the possible negative effect of palm and rice farms in the area.
August 16, 2010 § 3 Comments
The Ecuadorian navy has seized the Rosa I Costa Rican fishing boat with a cargo of shark meat in the Galapagos Islands. The Rosa I was stopped about 104 nautical miles northwest of Darwin Island with 75 pieces of shark meat aboard according to Ecuavisa Television.
The waters surrounding the islands is the protected Galapagos Marine Reserve established to protect the 3000 species of marine plants and animals in the region. Natives of the Galapagos are granted special permits to fish on a small scale in these waters from the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In order to protect the environment the waters surrounding the Galapagos are closed to both international fisherman as well as fisherman from the continent.
The fishing boat, which was intercepted by a coast guard cutter, had five crewmen and a dog aboard. Currently navy investigators are trying to determine whether the sharks were caught inside or outside the islands, which are a protected marine reserve.
The sharks were caught in international waters, but the captain stated the vessel was forced to enter the Galapagos due to an emergency with the main engine.
The Rosa I and its crew earn a living from shark fishing, which is allowed in Costa Rica, Bonilla said, adding that each piece of shark meat brings between $60 and $70 locally.
This is the fourth Costa Rican boat stopped for illegal fishing in the Galapagos this year.
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