Cocos Islands Marine Park

Date: 1/6/2011

The Costa Rican president signed into creation the Seamounts Marine Management Area, a new marine park that increases five-fold the area of protected waters surrounding Cocos Island, home to some of the highest abundances of sharks and other large pelagics. The new six million square-mile area encompasses a group of deep seamounts. While new protections were put in place for the scalloped hammerhead shark and leatherback turtle, a loophole permits long-line fishing for tuna in some of the newly-protected waters.

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