Costa Rica News – Costa Rica presents itself as a “green” country through its campaigns to try to drive tourism to the country. I do agree that they are trying to keep this image but their actions are showing that changes need to be made and made now if they are going to protect their environment.
Coastal Marine System of National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) is reporting a mixture of irregularities in water conditions and sea environment are killing turtles in Golfo Dulce off the Costa Rican coastline.
Some of these conditions include a large amount of fecal matter in the water, a red tide, parasites and illegal fishing activities including long lines. These results are are being presented to the Environmental Administrative Court and Congress.
President of the Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA), Luis Doubles told said the report reveals that a total of 106 turtles were found dead, a figure lower than that mentioned by environmental organizations (240) to which the official described as “sensationalist”.
The official said that they did not take a large sample for cause of death only 2 turtles were autopsied and SINAC only autopsied 4.
Doubles said that the Gulf water pollution that is generated from the pollution of rivers by fecal matter and chemical remnants and agricultural waste is disturbing.
Doubles said they are trying to put an agency together to help cut down people fishing with live bait. He then pulled a Tico and pointed his finger at the Coast Guard and said it was their responsibility.
Costa Rica, We have a problem!!!
I know that you believe that you can sweep this under the rug and hope it goes away, this pollution is killing your marine life now and will get worse if you don’t provide a solution. You can run internet campaigns showing that you are extremely concerned about protecting you environment but if your animals are dying because you won’t fix your pollution or fishing problems then the truth is going to be revealed.
Costa Rica you have have the chance to make changes now. It is time. If these things are not fixed, people are not going to be flocking to your beaches to swim in the poop filled waters or have their children seeing dead turtles wash up on the beach. You are not the only country people can vacation to and if they leave much of your GNP which is based on this leaves with it.