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Argos DCS System Use Agreement of the Month
– April 2017

Shark Tagging in Costa Rica
Mision Tiburon


Overview:

Illegal fishers target primarily migrant species such as shark populations like scalloped hammerheads, tiger sharks, but also their longlines catch rays, turtles and other species of fish. Our proposed work will generate key information about shark and rays habitats, migratory routes and movement patters in the coastal and continental waters of Costa Rica and in surrounding waters of Coco National Park, to assess the boundaries and buffer zone of the current marine park for the consideration of possibly adjusting these boundaries based on findings as well as providing recommendations to the Ministry of Environment on improving management strategies for Coco. At the same time protection of key sites in the coastal and continental waters will be proposed, to safeguard key parts of the life cycles of sharks previous to their migration to Coco and other areas of the Coco-Galapagos Marine Corridor.

Long term goal:
Promote the health of Cocos Island National Park´s shark populations and marine ecosystems by means of the declaration of marine protected areas in critical habitats for threatened migratory species (sharks) in continental waters and a potential change of actual boundaries of the park, increasing them.

Specific goals:

  1. Identify critical or essential habitats for threatened migratory species of sharks in Cocos Island National Park, using acoustic and satellite telemetry.
  2. Evaluate migratory pathways throughout Costa Rican waters for threatened migratory species of sharks to Cocos Island National Park, using acoustic and satellite telemetry.

For more information:
http://misiontiburon.org/en/sobre-nosotros/

 

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