Track Down Illegal Fishing Boats in Costa Rica From Your Computer

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Costa Rica News – Since the Costa Rican government does not seem to want to step up to take care of this problem it is up to us on the private level to start doing something.  These programs make me smile.

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce a new pilot program to find illegal fishing vessels within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Turtle Island teamed up with DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform, Tomnod.com, to create one of the first crowd sourced, digital patrols of the marine hot-spot using satellite imagery.

Cocos Island is an important stop over for large marine wildlife like hammerhead sharks, Galapagos sharks, tiger sharks, blue sharks, whale sharks, dolphins on their oceanic migrations. The Island is also a home to green and hawksbill sea turtles, who find refuge in the coral reef.Underwater explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau dived at the Island and called it “the most beautiful island in the world.” 

Yet, sadly this blue gem is under attack by illegal longline fishing vessels that enter into the marine protected zone that extends around the Island in search of tuna, sharks and Mahi mahi.

Longline fishing is a deadly type of … continue reading

Via:: Costa Rican Times