Golfo Dulce: wave land in Costa Rica

Save The Waves has announced that the Government of Costa Rica has halted plans to construct a tuna farm at the mouth of the Golfo Dulce.

The proposed project consisted of the construction of 80 tuna farms which would have caused significant pollution of the nearshore waters close to Pavones and Punta Banco on the southern edge of the Golfo Dulce.

This is a victory for all the groups working on the issue especially Pretoma who led a successful campaign against the project together with attorneys, the surfing community, local organizers, and many more.

Save The Waves worked to bring this issue to the light through the media and to galvanize the international surfing community to encouage the government to stop the project.


Plastic bags: get lost

Across the USA, cities and counties are instituting fees on plastic bags, or even banning them outright, in an effort to prevent pollution and raise revenue for cash-strapped local governments.

"Plastics, especially once they get into the marine environment, are pervasive. They have dramatic effects on marine life," said Julie Lawson, chair of the D.C. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation.

"A lot of Surfrider volunteers get started by attending a beach or river cleanup. What they learn is that "we could be cleaning up for the rest of our lives, and it will still show up.

Addressing it at the source through a bag ban or a fee is really the most sustainable way of addressing this trash problem."

Source: Surfrider Foundation

Offshore drilling: get off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts

Last week, the Obama administration announced its five year plan for selling offshore drilling leases in U.S. waters. The plan focuses primarily on the Gulf of Mexico, with twelve potential lease sales scheduled to occur in the 2012-2017 timeframe.

These include five lease sales in the western Gulf of Mexico; five lease sales in the central Gulf; and two lease sales in the eastern Gulf that are not under congressional moratorium.

The plan also includes three potential lease sales off the coast of Alaska - a controversial decision given the likely challenges with spill prevention and response in the harsh conditions of the Arctic Ocean.