A Most Important Leatherback Nesting Site

leatherback sea turtlesLas Baulas National Marine Park Threatened by Unsustainable Infrastructure Development

Over 200 sea turtle scientists and conservationists are adding their voices to the international call urging the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sánchez, to save critical leatherback sea turtle nesting habitat from destruction. A letter from the concerned scientists and conservationists, who attended the 27th International Sea Turtle Symposium in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, USA (22-28 February, 2007), was delivered today at the President’s office. The scientists and conservationists are calling on the Costa Rican President to begin acquiring lands within the boundaries of Las Baulas National Marine Park. Continue reading

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Traffic to MarineBio.org and the Plankton Forums has reached the point where we’ve been forced to move to dedicated servers so that we can remain dedicated to serving you. But this dedication doesn’t come cheap, in fact it’s rather expensive and our pockets do not run deep. If you benefit from MarineBio.org’s presence on the web, please consider making a donation to help us stay online, expand the site, and bring you more of the wonders of the underwater realm. Don’t be shy, any amount will help – $5, $10, $50… whatever you can spare; no matter what the amount is, you will be contributing to keeping our oceans healthy by helping us educate the world about marine life. Continue reading

Bull sharks not bulldozers in Bimini

I like SharkTrust’s caption on a photo illustrating an article about the development going on in the Bahamas around Bimini. “Bull sharks not bulldozers.” The bulldozers have already wreaked havoc in the area destroying mangrove forests, which are important nursing grounds for a number of shark species, particularly lemon sharks. Yet, once again money is prevailing as the Bahamian government allows Hilton Hotels Corporation and Capo Group to destroy this precious habitat and build yet still another golf course and another hotel. What will be the attraction in the area once all the natural beauty is destroyed and replaced by plastic, manufactured beauty?

A recent article in National Geographic calls the Bahamas an “Eden for sharks.” I think this article sums up the situation best:

“Bimini, Bahamas — As recently as 2002, plans were in motion to set aside five marine areas to preserve the economic and ecological lifeblood of the Bahamas, with Bimini rated as the highest priority. But a change in government put off the project, and there’s been no movement toward protection, despite angry prodding and accusations of corruption. Instead, giant resorts such as the one being built on Bimini have grown up on several outer islands. “The government is selling off this environment, cheap,” Gruber [a lemon shark researcher who runs a biological station in Bimini] says. Continue reading