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Cocos Island

Crowdsourcing to Spot Illegal Fishing Vessels at Cocos Island Marine Protected Area

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Sea Turtles, Sharks

DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform Tomnod.com has formed a partnership with ocean and marine conservation non-profit Turtle Island Restoration Network, SeaTurtles.org, to create the first crowdsourced digital patrol of the Cocos Island Marine Protected Area in order to defend one of the Pacific Ocean’s most vibrant marine life habitats. Located 340 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, Cocos Island is home to numerous rare and endangered marine species, and has been subject to illegal fishing practices in its difficult-to-monitor waters.

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Help Track Down Illegal Fishing Boats Online

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Turtle Island Restoration Network is proud to announce a new pilot program to find illegal fishing vessels within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Turtle Island teamed up with DigitalGlobe’s crowdsourcing platform, Tomnod.com, to create one of the first crowd sourced, digital patrols of the marine hot-spot.

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EVENT: Blue Mind Meet the Authors Reception & Book Talk on August 22nd, 2015

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Got Mercury?, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Join Turtle Island’s board and staff to meet the authors at an exclusive pre-event benefit reception and a reserved seat for the Book Talk will be included in your ticket price. Enjoy wine, beer and hearty hors d’oeuvres at the beautiful Dance Palace in West Marin. Learn more about our work and enjoy a silent auction. Your ticket purchase will support our work to protect sea turtles, dolphins, whales, sharks, salmon and our world’s oceans.

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Feds Propose New Rules to Protect Whales, Dolphins in Other Countries

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Got Mercury?, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

The National Marine Fisheries Service today proposed major regulations prohibiting the import of seafood into the United States from fisheries that kill whales and dolphins in excess of U.S. standards. Under the new rules, all fisheries worldwide will have to comply with essentially the same marine mammal protection requirements as U.S. fishermen or face an embargo from the lucrative U.S. seafood market.

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Cocos Island July Trip Report: Whale Shark, Dolphins, Hammerheads, Silver Tips, Tiger Sharks …

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sharks

On this trip, our team was fortunate enough to see many tiger sharks, a small whale shark, giant manta rays and mobula rays, and schools of dolphins, tuna and marlin. All in all it was an incredible showing of marine wildlife and a successful trip in terms of collecting new data.

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Meet Photography for a Change’s Ron Wooten

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Got Mercury?, Gulf Education & Outreach, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

Ron is one of the featured photographer’s in Photography for a Change’s incredible online show. As a quick recap for those of you who haven’t already heard, Photography for a Change, provides exquisite photographs of our natural environs. This show features four photographers who have generously donated their images and prints to support Turtle Island Restoration Network.

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Drones & Submarines Assist Scientists At Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles, Sharks

During a recent scientific expedition to Cocos Island National Park (May 4-15, 2015), small two and three passenger submarines known as submersibles were used to deploy acoustic listening stations at 180 m (590 ft) depth, an inflatable boat was used to catch sharks and implant acoustic tracking tags, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, also known as drones) were used to patrol from above in search of marine wildlife below. The expedition was directed by Randall Arauz, Central American Director of the Turtle Island Restoration Network (Turtle Island), in collaboration with Costa Rica’s National System of Protected Areas (SINAC) and the Cocos Island Marine Conservation Area (ACMIC), and with the companies Alucia Productions II, Precision Integrated and Aeroval.

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