The government of Costa Rica has just opened a public and volunteer consultation process regarding the proposal de expand the limits of Cocos Island National Park (CINP) and the Seamounts Marine Management Area (SMMA).  This process is a great opportunity to improve the conservation status of threatened species of sharks, sea turtles, rays and marine mammals that migrate between Cocos Island National Park (CINP) and the Galapagos Reserve (GR)

Attention!  The deadline for your contribution is this Friday November 19.


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The proposed expansion of Cocos Island National Park (CINP) is definitely right, as it would provide strict protection to a series of seamounts where aggregations of highly migratory threatened marine species occur.  Nevertheless, the design of the Seamounts Marine Management Area (SMMA) is not the most effective for the conservation of these species, as it does not provide continuous and effective protection along the seamounts of the Submerged Cocos Ridge that connects Cocos Island to the Galapagos Archipielago, and which constitute the essence of the Cocos-Galapagos Swimway, thus diminishing biological connectivity.  The proposed rectangle for the SMMA must necessarily be modified with a southeast-northwest inclination, for the adoption of a striction protection policy of the seamounts along the Submerged Cocos Ridge and guarantee biological connectivity with Ecaudor.  #ProtectSwimway.

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