Conservation group will supply vessel, crew and more to Island park rangers
Puentarenas, Costa Rica -The Rangers on Cocos Island need a fast patrol vessel and Sea Shepherd can supply that need.
Sea Shepherd arrives in Costa Rica today with an offer to assist the Central American country in controlling illegal fishing in the waters surrounding its Cocos Island National Park.
The non-profit, anti-poaching conservation society has offered to deploy the M/V John Paul DeJoria, a 110-foot Island class former United States Coast Guard patrol boat, to Cocos Island for use by its park rangers. This offer, part of Sea Shepherd’s Operation Treasured Islands campaign, also comes with the supply of Sea Shepherd crew, fuel and provisions, as well as giving Costa Rican rangers command of operations to patrol and protect the Cocos Island marine reserve.
Cocos Island, some 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, is home to many large marine species such as hammerhead sharks, rays and dolphins. This makes it a popular destination for scuba divers, but at the same time, attracts illegal poachers, particularly those involved in the shark fin trade.
In honor of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s 40th anniversary, the Libertine Brewing Company has partnered with the anti-poaching organization on a limited-edition beer.
The San Luis Obispo-based Libertine, known for its eclectic and barrel-aged beers, will release the Sea Shepherd beer to the public on May 7th at its 9000-sq. ft. production facility and restaurant/bar with Sea Shepherd representatives on hand.
Titled “Sea Shepherd,” the 40th anniversary beer is a Blood Orange Gose whose ingredients include kelp foraged from The Morro Bay Estuary and blood oranges sourced from a local ranch. The result is a traditionally salty gose with a citrus twist.
Sea Shepherd joined forces with a group of scientists last month to conduct research on two separate projects off the coast of Mexico: humpback whales and ocean plastics.
From March 8th to the 19th 2017, Sea Shepherd’s R/V Martin Sheen welcomed four scientists under the supervision of Dr. Jorge Urban, from Universidade Autonoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) and sailed to the remote Archipelago of Revillagigedo for scientific studies.
Revillagigedo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Pacific Ocean that is made up of four volcanic islands approximately 240 miles southwest of Cabo San Lucas, in the Baja California Peninsula, Mexico. These include three inner islands, San Benedicto, Socorro and Roca Partida, and the outer island, Clarion.
On April 8th 2017, the M/Y Sam Simon pulled up its 100th illegal gill net from the Gulf of California, which was promptly followed by illegal gill net number 101 and number 102.
That same day, the M/V Farley Mowat pulled up 2 nets, which brought the total of illegal fishing devices retrieved from the Upper Gulf of California since last December to 200.
It is both a great result achieved by the two Sea Shepherd vessels and their crews, but at the same time, very disturbing, as this proves that there are still many nets laying under the surface. These nets kill wild animals, amongst them the endangered totoaba and the near-extinct vaquita, who suffocate when they get entangled in them.