Last week, Marine Conservation Costa Rica were invited to a meeting for designing a new protocol for the restoration of coral reefs in Costa Rica. This is an exciting move for us as throughout Costa Rica there is a push to help protect our reefs and being at the forefront of that with our project is a privilege.
The meeting was held at the Marine Park in Puntarenas. Here I met with the heads of SINAC, MINAE and other coral scientists in Costa Rica. What an honor, I got to meet some of the scientists in person. These are some incredible people whose work and scientific papers I have been pouring over.
Raising Coral gave an in depth outline of the protocol. They are an amazing organization based out of Golfo Dulce in the Southern Pacific of Costa Rica, and have been working in coral restoration for the last 3 years. Raising Coral have been really helpful with guidance to us, especially at the beginning of our project.
After their introduction we added other methods and techniques that were relevant to our areas of Manuel Antonio and the conditions that we face here.
For example, on the Central Pacific Coast we have a lot more water movement and are using a table structure to give the corals stability in the water. The tree planting methods would not work well here. this as good as it will be added to the protocol.
It was a long but exciting day. And as always, great to collaborate, share ideas and difficulties with other scientists. This is after all, what science is all about.
An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash-most of it plastic -is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. In the united states 10.5 million tons of waste is generated a year but recycle only 1 or 2 % of it.
Plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1 million marine animals and birds in the Pacific Ocean. Over half this plastic is less than 60 mm- or a quarter inch. These tiny plants and animals are the base of the ocean food web, and animals consuming plankton from herring to whales are ingesting plastic. The plastic doesn’t go away, it just gets smaller. Approximately 70% of plastic sinks to the bottom where it sits like a time bomb, waiting to be assimilated.
As part of our ongoing mission to save our oceans we run underwater clean ups every month. We rotate around different dive sites in our area so as to maintain a good overall sweep of our local area. Once completed we register the debris that we find into an international database where the information is used to look at overall patterns of marine debris to track sources.
We welcome all volunteers on these clean ups and if you would like to come and join us clean up the ocean then you are welcome to. Dates for the clean ups are listed on our calendar along with our other events so please contact us to participate.
We ask for a minimum of open water certification to take past.
Welcome to marine conservation Costa Rica. After 14 years living and scuba diving here, myself and my best friend knew that we had to do more. And so was born this non-profit. Dedicated to all aspects of marine conservation in Costa Rica we began. Our flagship project is our coral restoration project project based right here in Manuel Antonio. Looking at two different types of coral we are constructing a nursery and will be growing and maintaining it, with the hopes of repopulating our local reefs here.
In addition to that we will be starting some local community education projects.