Help us Protect Cabo Blanco
An urgent call is being made to protect the Cabo Blanco Marine Reserve. Earthrace Conservation has recently conducted six patrols in Cabo Blanco (The largest of Costa Rica’s coastal Marine Protected areas) in partnership with SINAC, the governmental agency for the environment. Cabo Blanco was the first National Park and one of the most biodiverse marine ecosystems in the country.
The patrols have been successful in apprehending fishermen from Punta Arenas who have been fishing illegally within the protected area using illegal nets and scuba gear. They are being prosecuted, and their boats and fishing equipment have been impounded. Below are a couple of videos from the patrols.
Due to fiscal restrictions at the national level, SINAC’s fuel budget has been cut 100%, making it impossible for them to carry out regular patrols. Earthrace Conservation is requesting monthly sponsors for $350 to facilitate patrols and keep up the pressure on illegal fishing activity. Support in any amount is appreciated. The contribution is 100% tax-deductible for USA citizens, and when making a donation, the note “Cabo Blanco Patrols” should be included in the transaction. Four monthly sponsors are needed for the remaining part of 2023, while an additional sponsor is needed for 2024 for fuel and maintenance for all patrols next year.