Protecting Sharks and Rays
Misión Tiburón is a marine conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine life — primarily sharks and rays — through research, education and political action. It was founded in 2009 by a group of young and highly motivated Costa Rican marine biologists and is based in Playas de Coco, Guanacaste. Presently, its efforts are focused primarily on the Pacific waters of Costa Rica, with bull sharks, hammerhead sharks, and manta rays among the species receiving special attention.
The GCF, with resources from the Las Catalinas and CRUSA Donor Advised Funds, is supporting both an educational campaign in local schools and research directed to protecting the giant manta ray.
- Between 2010-2014, 500 sharks have been tagged
- Over 2,500 children along the Pacific Coast have been involved with programs and projects
- Over 100 public officials (MINAE, Coast Guard, INCOPESCA) have been trained in biology, conservation, and collection of data for control and protection
Andrés Lopez, Director