Archive | February, 2011

What to Do?….. Careless Fishermen

24 Feb

After putting up 4 buoys marking off the project in a square above the water and building a border around the entire project underwater, fishermen still continue to do damage to our project.   We have no issue with the casual sport fisherman or the motivated spear-fisher, but when fishermen drop their nets and drag them across a government sanctioned project and destroy our artificial reef units it’s totally unacceptable.  Last week we had to rebuild a unit that was destroyed by a fishing net that was caught and pulled a structure apart.  It seems that every month or so we’re cleaning up after irresponsible fishermen dragging their gear straight through the project.

We are working to build new, stronger, and more reinforced structures, but it’s unbelievable that fishermen are still dropping their nets in the protected zone.  This is MINAE protected zone. If you see or know anyone that uses the CondoFish area to drop nets or anchors…….tell them the government is watching them and that what they’re doing is bad for the Playa Hermosa community and the fish population in the bay.

We are helping to increase the fish population in the area!  Why slow CondoFish down?

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Who is MINAE?

Monteverde Waterfall “As a resource with enormous potential, the biodiversity in Costa Rica plays an instrumental role in the country’s development. As compared to the other tropical regions in the world, this tiny Latin American Continue reading

New Life in The Reef 2011

22 Feb

With the addition of the chunk of the Pekin Star shipwreck and over 9 months of growth on the calcium rich concrete blocks, the Playa Hermosa Artificial Reef Project is teeming with life.  We’ve been spotting numerous rays, eels, crabs, conch, oysters, and multitude of different varieties of tropical fish all around and in the structures.   Each block structure is covered with calcium based organisms and plants.  It seems that one day it become a solid living entity.  Rene even spotted a lobster underneath the shipwreck, meanwhile I had a baby octopus latching onto my hand while working on one of the condos.  It’s been quite a fun last few weeks.

See the photos below to get an idea of all the fun we have at the reef project.  Visibility was not very good this day but we still managed to get some good pictures.