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Thursday, 4 February 2010

WORLD WIDE SHAME IN COSTA RICA




This was sent to me as an E-Mail.
What is the world coming to - God help us, we do not deserve to have this wonderful world to live in. We are the lucky ones, we have seen all the wonders God has given us. It is no good saying that people are poor and hungry, this lot sure do not look starving to me.

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28 comments:

LilyBelle said...

Nor to me, Pumpy! It's really sickening that such things happen. My old Mum was fond of saying "It's a dirty bird that messes in it's own nest." and humans definitely are dirty birds. It's very sad to think that we may eventually destroy our nest (read World) and then where will we go???

Anonymous said...

Were these photos of the turtle "egg theft" not accompanied by the message at the bottom that explained that this was really not egg theft but an attempt to blend decent science with local economic development designed to save both the turtles and the local economy from real poachers? Here's a copy that should have accompanied the photos

The project in Costa Rica is part of a sustainable-harvest project designed to take into account local customs and needs of the population in order to provide ultimately, maximum conservation of the species. Costa Rica is one of the world leaders in wildlife conservation. They have found that total bans and knee-jerk activism aren't always the best ways to improve wildlife conservation.



Please read this and see that the story is more complex:



Scientists found that the turtles come ashore here four or five times over a 10 month period. Each time hundreds of Ridley Turtles arrive in Ostional for a mass egg laying fest, coming to shore in mass nesting events, what are called an arribada, "an arrival". Each turtle lays 100 eggs or more. The event will last for 4 or 5 days and scientists discovered that since eggs deposited by early arrives were being crushed by the next waves of turtles coming to lay eggs, it made sense to allow locals in this area to remove the first wave of eggs, since they were destined to be crushed anyway. It was also realized that eggs laid during the dry season were unlikely to ever hatch due to the heat of the sand, which dehydrated the eggs.

So it was decided to let the towns folk collect and sell the eggs and use the money to help preserve the eggs in the subsequent waves of egg laying. The money was also used to build facilities in town, like schools and a clinic. Some of the money also ends up in the pockets of towns people, providing income where few jobs exist. The collected eggs are sold in bars and stores to meet the demand for turtle eggs and helps discourage poaching of eggs more likely to hatch. By providing a sufficient source of turtle eggs, the price of eggs stays low on the black market, discouraging incentive to poach them. Ridley turtle eggs are about the size of a lime and leathery. They are amazingly tough and can be gathered into large sacks without breaking.

Since 1986 turtle eggs have been legally gathered by an organization know as the Association of Integral Development of Ostional (AIDO). The main goal of the exploitation and marketing of turtle eggs by the Association of Integral Development of Ostional (AIDO) is to achieve social growth of the community through controlled removal of eggs without compromising the reproduction and conservation of the species. The eggs were initially sold through the association but in about 1990 a food purveyor took over distribution on a national basis. Most of the eggs end up in and around the central valley and nearly 90% of them are consumed in bars, often mixed with catsup and a few other lesser ingredients in a beverage known as a sangrita, served with beer.



Dr. Simon C. Nemtzov

Wildlife Ecologist

Pumpy said...

Dr. Simon C. Nemtzov, I apologize for this article I posted on my blog, I received it as an e mail and posted it. I hope more people will come and view you article. Please visit my blog again, I know it is a sill little thing but having input such as yours is a great help to the readers. I will pass it on to my e mail friend as well. Best wishes and thank you Pam Knowles, if you are on Face Book look for me please. xxxx

LilyBelle said...

I've read it, Pam, and it's wonderful to know that the situation is not as we originally thought. Kudos to Costa Rica for their well-considered and beneficial work in this area. It's a real plus for the human race as a whole!

Pumpy said...

Indeed. xx

Anonymous said...

http://www.tourism.co.cr/costa-rica-tourism-news/costa-rica-tourism-news-in-spanish-/comercio-de-huevos-de-tortuga-en-ostional-es-legal-racional-y-sostenible.html

barcann said...

with all due respect, I have to question this project. Please check this link for some serious questions regarding the project.

http://costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/did-you-know-it%E2%80%99s-legal-to-poach-sea-turtle-nests/

I have many questions, but the most important one is how well is this project organized and administered and how are they stopping illegal poachers from coming in and claiming they have a right to collect thsoe eggs too?
Is anyone policing this?

Pumpy said...

Thank for your reply Barcann, I have found Andy from your http: and written to him via Face Book, I would also like to know what is going on, if we will ever. Not only this but many other conservaton questions. xxx

costaricanconservationnetwork said...

Great discussion going on here. I think that Barcann's view of the situation is quite objective and informed. It comes down to a question of administration. If mismanagement of a legal egg take leads to rampant nest poaching on every other beach in Costa Rica, is the legal egg take in Ostional helping or hurting the species? Then there's the social aspect to consider. Ostional community members have based their entire livelihoods around legal nest poaching. Is it fair to now tell them that their main (in some cases only) source of income should be cut off? It's complicated for sure.

Anonymous said...

This is bullshit. The people of Costa Rica are very proud of their efforts to protect all wildlife and the environment. Costa Rica has a higher percentage of their land area designated as national parks than any other country in the world. The places in Costa Rica where turtles lay their eggs are always national parks and are highly revered and respected. Security is high. When the turtles are laying eggs, non-research people aren't allowed anywhere near. You can't even legally approach a turtle when you're snorkeling. Furthermore, I can tell you with certainty that these people aren't even Costa Rican. If I had to guess, I'd say they're Mexican.

Pumpy said...

Hi Anonymous, Maybe this is not bullshit, why not go here and see what Andy Bystrom has to say. http://costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/2010/02/02/did-you-know-it%E2%80%99s-legal-to-poach-sea-turtle-nests/
Then come back and post another comment. Always welcome, good to hear all side of a story.

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I got myself the "viral", I forwarded it to some people and now I feel absolutely stupid.

So whoever started it, he/she could well fuck off.

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