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Cocos Island: A Haven for Marine Biodiversity

Cocos Island National Park in Costa Rica is known worldwide as an ocean haven for spectacular sharks, rare sea turtles, whales and abundant marine wildlife. Divers travel for days for the privilege of exploring the waters of the Park, more than a day by boat off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. But even World Heritage status has not stopped commercial fishers from invading these treasured waters to set illegal hooks and lines in ruthless pursuit of swordfish, tuna and big fish that are quickly disappearing from the open ocean. Click here to read "Underwater Serengeti" article from Earth Island Journal.

Photos by George Duffield

To expand the connections between scuba divers and Cocos Island research and conservation, Sea Turtle Restoration Project is now partnering with nonprofit Project Aware "Protecting Our Ocean Planet - One Dive at a Time." Learn more about Project Aware at www.projectaware.org.

Protecting Sea Turtle and Shark Habitat: Calling for expanded no-fishing zone between Cocos Island and Galapagos

STRP is working to demand that Costa Rica protect Cocos Island National Park from outlaw fishers and to expand the boundaries of the no-fishing zone around the Park. We want Costa Rica to create a protected area that connects all the way to Ecuador’s waters, northeast of the Galapagos Islands. These two nations could create one of the world’s largest protected ocean zones, and save the endangered leatherback turtle from extinction. More...

Cocos Island Monitoring and Research (C-MAR)

Sea Turtle Restoration Project is partnering with its Costa Rican sister organization PRETOMA to conduct research focusing on the short and long-range movements of schooling scalloped hammerhead sharks and sea turtles. In total, nearly 150 sharks have been tagged with acoustic telemetry and 6 acoustic receivers are currently deployed on the island. More...

Join a Cocos Island Research Expedition

STRP welcomes experienced divers who want to participate in our ongoing research to help tag and track sea turtles and sharks in the Cocos Islands. You will get hands-on opportunities to capture turtles and attach satellite and acoustical transmitters and to tag and photograph hammerhead sharks underwater. More...

Cocos Island Monitoring And Research (C-MAR)

Follow a Satellite Tracked Sea Turtle from Cocos Island National Park
December 3rd, 2013

Endangered Satellite Tagged Turtle Hooked by Illegal Vessel in Costa Rica's Cocos Islands
October 1st, 2012

Male Green Turtle Travels from Cocos Island, Costa Rica, to Las Perlas, Panama
July 10th, 2012

Cocos Island - Serengeti of the Ocean - by Todd Steiner
March 9th, 2012

Share Fillmore's Travels!
Follow Fillmore of Sherman's Lagoon

Cocos Expedition Trip Report from September 2011
October 11th, 2011

Take Action to Save Cocos Island Sea Turtles from Longlining

Urgent Action Plan for High Seas Management by the United Nations
June 20th, 2011

Cocos Island Campaign Calling for Expanded No-Fishing Zone Between Cocos and Galapagos Islands

Cocos Island Shark & Sea Turtle Research in the News

Goldman Prize Winner Calls for End to Industrial Shrimp Trawling
April 19th, 2010

2011 International Sea Turtle Society Conference in San Diego

Sea Turtle Satellite Tagging Expedition at Cocos Island, Costa Rica Swims Into Action
September 2nd, 2009

Cocos Island - Sea Turtles, Sharks and More

Sea Turtle Restoration Project • PO Box 370 • Forest Knolls, CA 94933, USA
Phone: +1 415 663 8590 • Fax: +1 415 663 9534 • info@seaturtles.org
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