The Pacific leatherback sea turtle, an endangered species, is at further risk today in its home at the Cocos Island National Park of Costa Rica. Longline fishing is currently making its habitat a hostile environment, and thousands of leatherback sea turtles—as well as other marine animals, such as sharks—are dying every year as they are hooked as bycatch.
The thing is, this fishing isn’t even legal in the area. It’s technically considered poaching. Yet the animals in the protected area continue to suffer and die. Just outside the area, fishermen are also able to fish legally for mahi mahi—as well as sharks that they fin, or cut off a fin and throw back into the ocean, left for death, another practice that should be made illegal immediately.
This area is in need of greater protection—both through a wider scope of protected area as well as enforcement of laws against poaching.
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project is calling on activists to help make this area a protected oasis for these animals. Please consider clicking here and reading more about the dangers that these animals face, as well as taking action and asking the president of Costa Rica to take a stand against the harm of the creatures today.