Endangered Species

A sea turtle

Five species of sea turtle migrate through the high seas to lay their eggs on coastal beaches.

Far from national boundaries, and protected by no country, the high seas are rich in biodiversity—sustaining everything from corals to mammals to the fish we eat. Despite their importance, these international waters—and the life within them—are at risk. A lack of coordinated oversight has led to...
Hammerhead shark

Hammerhead sharks were listed as an endangered species in 2014. | Credit: Vlad Karpinskiy / Flickr.

 
In Costa Rica, it’s now up to the government to decide the future of endangered hammerhead sharks. If the government halted the export of all hammerhead shark products in the next year, it could stave off extinction of these amazing creatures.
The recent mass die-off of anchovy—a species on which birds, marine mammals, and other fish depend for nutrition—must be analyzed in detail. Upon finding the cause, an integrated solution must be implemented at the national and regional levels.Read more
In a historic decision, a Puntarenas court convicted a businesswoman for shark finning. The woman had brought shark fins to port separated from the body, a practice illegal in Costa Rica, with intentions of selling them abroad.Read more
Hawksbill turtle

Hawksbill turtle surfing around by the reef outside of Cozumel, Mexico. Credit: Thomas Wiborg/Creative Commons.

Every few years, hundreds of hawksbill and kemp’s ridley turtles glide through the warm, shallow waters of the Veracruz Reef System . There they swim and feed amongst the brightly colored corals, which stretch for miles through the Gulf of Mexico. When the sun goes down, many of the females make...
If Cecil Had Lived in Costa Rica, He Might Still be Alive Today

Cecil at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Credit: Vince O'Sullivan/Creative Commons.

 
By Camila Cossio, AIDA intern Last month Cecil, a 13-year-old African lion, was tracked and killed by a tourist from the United States. Cecil was a victim of trophy hunting, a cruel hobby that serves no conservation purpose. If Cecil had lived in Costa Rica, he might still be alive today. Costa...
Progress on Protecting the Loggerhead Turtle!

A Loggerhead sea turtle in Papua New Guinea. Credit: Angell Williams/Creative Commons.

Significant strides were taken last week toward the conservation of loggerhead sea turtles. A new international resolution intends to strengthen protections for this endangered species in the Americas, and outlines the primary threats facing loggerheads, including mining, all of which should be...
Strengthening the Sea Turtle Treaty

A sea turtle swims near the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Credit: Javier Cotín.

From June 24 to 26 in Mexico City, representatives from member States will discuss achievements and plan for the future of the Convention during the 7th Conference of Parties. AIDA will be there advocating for the States to continue meeting their obligations and making new commitments.
An aerial view of the mangrove ecosystem in Panama Bay, Panama.

Panama Bay, a primitive mangrove ecosystem essential to the fishing industry in Panama and the fight against climate change, had its protected status restored by the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Panama. The court based its ...

On the occasion of World Wetlands Day, the President of Panama will approve a national law that bestows protected-area status on Panama Bay Wetland Wildlife Refuge.Read more