MV Undersea Hunter and crew returned to the Gulf of Nicoya to continue marking the protected fishing zones and designated mooring locations. In Part I of the operation, we dropped buoys around Isla del Chira and Caballo, and on this trip we visited Tarcoles, in order to mark restricted fishing zones.
The yellow marker buoys signify locations of responsible fishing while the white spherical buoys represent the safe anchorage spots.
We also marked off areas surrounding Isla del Caño National Park that will protect coral reefs. By dropping cement moorings in safe zones visitors to Isla del Caño will have safe anchorage locations to prevent damage to coral reefs. Five buoys were used to identify the lines connected to each of the five moorings. Since this is a a protected area and a national park the buoys help to identify the area to make it clear that no fishing at all is allowed there.
Part I : September 2013
MV Undersea Hunter and crew traveled to the Gulf of Nicoya to deploy marker buoys. The buoys will mark areas that have been established as protected fishing zones.
These expeditions were organized and possible due to funding provided by Conservation International and FAICO (the Friends of Cocos Island Foundation).