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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Illegal logging threatens Costa Rica’s valuable species and vulnerable national parks

Since 2013, Costa Rica’s dry tropical forests have been under siege from loggers looking to cash in on skyrocketing demand for precious hardwoods, especially cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), also known as tropical rosewood. The illegal logging of cocobolo and other precious hardwoods threatens Costa Rica’s famous but understaffed national parks as loggers look to protected areas as the last untapped source of valuable lumber for export.

Costa Rican police rescue second sea turtle from butcher this month

Police in Limón have rescued a second green sea turtle in as many weeks that was likely destined for a soup pot.

Sea turtle rescued by Costa Rican police from car trunk 

The endangered sea turtle sustained two large gashes, likely from harpoons used to catch it, along with injuries caused by cords used to tie it up. The turtle is undergoing treatment at the Jaguar Rescue Center in Puerto Viejo.

Ecuador seizes 200,000 shark fins

QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuador seized around 200,000 shark fins and arrested three suspected traffickers in Manta, the country's main fishing port last week.

Costa Rica’s police capture four men suspected of killing green sea turtles

Police arrested four men Thursday for killing two green sea turtles on Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast. Two of the suspects had rap sheets for drug charges.

PHOTOS: Authorities seize 442 turtle eggs in 2 days

In three separate busts on different coasts, Costa Rican police officers and Coast Guard officials seized a total of 442 sea turtle eggs on Monday and Tuesday.

Police rescue giant sea turtle from trunk of a car after shootout with suspects

"[Police] found an enormous leatherback turtle in the trunk," said a press release from the Public Security Ministry. "It was alive and flapping its fins as if asking for help."

Police seize 101 sea turtle eggs from suspected poacher on Caribbean Coast

In the early morning Wednesday, police nabbed a woman with the last names Cerdas Viales, who is suspected of poaching sea turtle eggs on Moín Beach near the Caribbean port city of Limón.

Police arrest suspect selling poached turtle eggs

Police arrested a man with the last names Calvo Alvarado on Monday for selling turtle eggs outside of the Río Blanco stadium in Limón, on the country's Caribbean coast. He faces up to two years in jail.

Illegal fishing kills 7 sharks, including endangered scalloped hammerhead, near Cocos Island

Park rangers on June 14 detained a boat fishing illegally near Cocos Island National Park, a protected marine area more than 300 miles from Costa Rica's Pacific Coast. The boat's fishermen had hooked 11 sharks on their longlines before the rangers intervened.
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