Operation Jairo

Pacuare Beach, Costa Rica:
September 1 - December 1, 2016

turtle entangled in marine debris ghost net Sea Shepherd’s sea turtle defense campaign returns to Costa Rica for a third year in a row. This year’s Sea Shepherd campaign will be located on the Pacific side of Costa Rica in Jaco. The past two campaigns in Costa Rica saw Sea Shepherd protecting thousands of eggs and baby hatchlings.

The Problem

Sea turtles face a long list of human induced threats including entanglement in fishing gear, by catch, ocean pollution, disorientation from artificial light from commercial and residential buildings, and poaching. Humans post the most significant threat to the survival of sea turtles today, but ironically, we also hold the key to their survival.

How We Will Help

Sea Shepherd’s anti-poaching campaign in Jaco will launch on September 1st and run through December 1st. Sea Shepherd volunteers will protect olive ridley and green sea turtles that nest on Jaco Beach. Eggs from the nests will be relocated to the Jaco police hatchery. In addition to nightly patrols, volunteers will conduct weekly beach cleanups during the Costa Rica campaign.

sea turtle entangled in a ghost net

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