In 2013, Costa Rica took a huge step forward to address the environmental problem of shrimp trawling. Now, a mere two years later, the government is backtracking on this reform.
In under 48 hours, SPAWN staff, interns and Cliff Bar volunteers built a rain garden at the San Geronimo Golf Course to stop a rush of pollution and sediment from cascading into key endangered coho salmon habitat.
SPAWN received an original Clara Phildius Simon Bass sculpture. The work of art titled ‘Moses’ now stands by the entrance of SPAWN’s Lagunitas Intern House. The sculpture will greet current and future SPAWN interns who come from around the country to live in Marin and work with SPAWN to protect salmon.
Today is Pacific Leatherback Sea Turtle Conservation Day. “Critically endangered” Pacific leatherback sea turtles not only face danger from California drift gillnets and longlines in Hawaii, but also from crabbing nets. Just last month, scientists and whale watchers found a dead Pacific leatherback sea turtle floating near the Farallon Islands off the coast of Northern California. The rare sea turtle appeared to have been strangled by a crab trap (read more here).
Galapagos Islands are the only known location where large, female whale sharks that appear to be pregnant can be seen gathering from June-November each year. To date little is known about whale shark birthing habits or location, or their pups.