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Coral Reefs - the Rainforests of the Sea

AUTHOR: Michael Hennessy

Often called the "Rainforests of the Sea," coral reefs support over one-quarter of all marine species on the planet. Here in Costa Rica, we can easily relate to that. Unfortunately, another comparison to rainforests can be made. The planet's coral reefs are also highly threatened by climate change and human activity. 

An abundant amount of healthy coral has been recently documented at Cocos Island and Cano Island. As you move closer to the coastline, the population decreases dramatically. The number of corals found at Marino Ballena National Park used to be comparable to the islands, which no longer is the case. Rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification, urban runoff, and other factors have had a negative impact.

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The natural establishment of coral is a slow process. The odds of a single coral larva successfully attaching to a reef are "1 in 1 million," and that is only once every 25 to 100 years! Given the rate of coral loss, compared to the length of time for replication, it would appear there is no chance to save this vital ecosystem. This is where Costa Rica Coral Restoration (CRCR) comes into the picture.

The initiative was founded by Michael Hennessy and Paul Dorr from Costa Rica Real Estate Service with Pablo Piedra and Laura Ruiz Madrigal from Mad About Diving. CRCR will be collaborating with MINAEMarino Ballena National Park AdministrationReserva Playa Tortuga, and Innoceana, to join the global movement to protect and restore coral reefs. 

By transplanting healthy coral fragments from aquariums to offshore nurseries, and eventually back onto degraded reefs, we can improve the odds of reestablishing a vibrant coral population back to the Ballena Coast. Every day we can see the positive benefits of reforestation programs on land, and our goal is to do the same in the ocean. Community outreach and educational programs will also be an essential aspect of our efforts.

We just received a catalyst grant from SOMOS Foundation to help get us started. We invite you to become involved! 

 

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Comprehensive Magazine #79, South Pacific Costa Rica

Ballena Tales is an essential guide and digital comprehensive magazine for travelers, residents, and investors covering Costa Ballena in the Canton of Osa in the South Pacific region of Costa Rica. It is a fully bilingual, bi-monthly, and full-color digital magazine. 

The magazine introduces the reader to the life of the local community, with interviews of pioneers, writers, and artists, as well as extensive information on restaurants, hotels, experiences, natural attractions, and wildlife of the South Pacific of Costa Rica.

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Tips for protecting your home

PROTECTING YOUR HOME DURING THE RAINY SEASON

Tips for protecting your home: , Gutters must be cleaned. Make sure your landscaper is doing that during every visit (minimum twice per month), especially during the rainy season. Water mitigation starts with landscaping. Take care when changing the landscaping of a property – especially if you want to change slopes/grades. Don’t plant trees too close to your home. If they are already planted, make sure the limbs are cut back to decrease the probability of debris falling onto the roof.  
Install “alcantarillas” (concrete tubes typically used under roads and driveways) to help the water keep moving. 
Study where your downspouts/rain chains end. Do they go onto the ground? Ideally, a concrete catch box will be connected to buried plastic pipes guiding the water into a more extensive water system.  
Plant appropriate plants and trees in the proper locations.
Keep all drainage clean of debris. Have your landscaper/property manager check them. 

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The delicious Pancito Café in Ojochal

The delicious Pancito Café in Ojochal Author: Dagmar Reinhard Philippe and Mireille, owners of Pancito Cafe, are well known in Ojochal. Early in the morning, delicious aromas emanate from the place, the smell of fresh […]

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