- Cocos Island National Park photo -

Published on Thursday, August 12, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cocos Island National Park and Dulce Gulf located in the Nicoya Peninsula will be better protected by the Costa Rican For the Oceans Foundation due to an agreement reached with the Ministry of Environment.

"We are very happy to be able to sign this cooperation agreement, through which we can also develop marine environmental education programs in schools, high schools and efforts aimed at improving the quality of life of the surrounding coastal communities," Jorge Serendero, Director from For the Oceans Foundation said.

The agreement entitled "Salvemos la Vida Silvestre Migratoria del Pacífico" (Let's save the wildlife of the Pacific Ocean in the English language) seeks the protection of marine species that move in the Pacific Marine Biological Corridor. The migratory pattern is between Cocos Island (located in the maritime zone of the Pacific Ocean of Costa Rica) and Galapagos located in the maritime zone of the Pacific Ocean of Ecuador.

According to the ministry, this deal specifies that the foundation will not receive any payment for its services and patrol activities will not be able to intervene or exercise coercive actions on possible offenders.

The foundation will provide a patrol boat capable of navigating the entire exclusion zone, transporting two fast inflatable boats, and one crane for the recovery of illegal ghost nets.

The extraction of illegal fishnets is a collaboration in association with the California-based Ocean Voyagers Institute.

Also, it was agreed to use state-of-the-art drones equipped with high-resolution video cameras for radar tracking, and for the documentation and registration of evidence of illegal fishing.

The foundation is allowed to include in its crew various specialists for marine research tasks, monitoring of wild marine species, filming documentaries and special guests in connection with the marine environmental education tasks that will be done both remotely and in-person as part of the project called “Ambassadors For the Oceans.” The extensive project was developed by the foundation in close collaboration with the Justice For Nature Association of Rangers of the Czech Republic and the U.S. Ocean Voyagers Institute.

The Ministry of the Environment agrees to grant the necessary permits for navigation in Costa Rican waters and mooring for boats.

This is the second foundation this year to obtain an agreement with the government to protect the coconut island. In May, a team of 15 scientists led by MigraMar, a foundation headquartered in the U.S. state of California, began their expedition to protect the migration route of marine species between the islands of Cocos Island and Galapagos.

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