INMOLO & Innoceana
INMOLO & Innoceana
AUTORA: Laura Vanopdenbosch
Innoceana is an international Marine Conservation NGO. It has been working in the Pacific South of Costa Rica for the past two years. The team is composed of engineers and biologists whose aims are to protect the Ocean through Innovation and Education. They have created various research projects worldwide in places like Thaïland, Indonesia, Spain, California, and Costa Rica. With a focus on coral reefs, seagrass, water quality, and endangered marine species.
Innoceana believes that Education is the key to making a real change in protecting the Ocean. This is why every project involves collaboration and engagement through Citizen science. (CS; also known as community science, crowd science, crowd-sourced science, civic science, volunteer monitoring, or online citizen science) is scientific research conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur (or nonprofessional) scientists.)
Today we will describe the INMOLO project: IN-vertebrate MO- nitoring and LO-cation. This collaborative inventory of marine invertebrates was launched a year ago on Caño Island with the indispensable support of SINAC’s local park rangers. Invertebrates are essential to the ecosystem, and unfortunately poorly studied. They represent 97% of all animals, are the base of most food webs, and are used for medical purposes. Without invertebrates, the whole ecosystem would collapse.
INMOLO was created to study the invertebrate populations of Caño Island, their abundance, health, and awareness of the
importance of marine invertebrates for the environment’s health.
After a year working alongside the rangers of Caño Island, tour operators and local guides, Innoceana has recorded 95 species of marine invertebrates and reported more than 12.000 individuals. We made observations walking around the Island, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Eight species never observed on the Island before have also been reported for the first time.
The team is creating a collaborative book about all the species observed on the Island. The book displays pictures and observations taken by the local community and explains the ecological importance and distribution of each species.
With the participation and engagement of the local community, INMOLO has succeeded in raising awareness about the importance of marine invertebrates, their role, and their conservation. Cambutes or Giant Conch (Lobatus galeatus), is a critically endangered species in Costa Rica because, among others, they are highly appreciated for ceviche (marinated seafood).
With INMOLO, we raised awareness concerning their vulnerability, and as a result, illegal fishing of the species has decreased. Our ambition is that INMOLO will be more than a single project. Inoceana’s goal is to replicate the INMOLO concept around the world, starting first of all with the National Park Marino Ballena.
What to do, Where to eat and Where to stay…
South Pacific Costa Rica Beaches
Looking for business directories, maps or other printouts? We’ve got that too!
Dare to Discover and Enjoy…
Need help planning your next trip to Costa Rica? We look forward to help you!
During 2020, Ballena Tales Travel and Service Guide Magazine has published numerous uplifting, constructive, and thought-provoking articles on nature, people’s initiatives, or a healthy lifestyle. Our contributing authors are members of our community, business owners, and individuals with deep knowledge and love of the South Pacific, thus creating an oasis of inspiration and well-being for you to enjoy.
Manassah is from Chicago (Illinois) and has lived in Uvita for five years. She left behind her job as a court reporter, well paid, and no less stressed in the metropolis of Chicago with a population of nearly 3 million people. The need for a change in her life was prevalent. After volunteering at the Hostel Cascada Verde in Uvita in 2009, she decided to focus on moving to Uvita permanently.
Hello from beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. We are thankful to be back on the water fishing every day. Right now, the Tuna are biting like crazy. There are large schools of Tuna right by Cano Island.
What were my life expectations when I landed into this wild and lush unknown? “Something else.” On the eve of my departure, I look back at these last four and a half years with a heart full of gratitude. Costa Rica has grown under my skin, and I’ll carry it with me for the rest of my life.
He who is looking for authentic quality cocoa without artificial additives has found the perfect place. The idea for Cacao Puro Muba Uvita came from Mrs. Sylvia Beita. She is indigenous of the Cabécar tribe of Ujarrás. As a child, she learned from her grandmother how to get the best out of cocoa. For five years now, she and her husband Enrique have created artisan products from cocoa beans.
The new income tax brackets are effective from January 1 to December 31, 2021. An adjustment must be made each year, as provided in Law 7092, and in accordance with the Consumer Price Index.
Most pets are the best friends of humans. They provide company to man and are very beneficial for their health, both mental and physical. Pet therapy involves your pets to help you recover from diseases and mental disorders. ESA doctors review the benefits of owning pets for your health. ESA is termed as an emotional support animal, and ESA doctors are the medical professionals that recommend an ESA on medical terms.