CONSERVATION IN ACTION
believe that marine protected areas can help ensure the future of fish
for people and marine systems. Since 2012, Paso Pacífico’s
marine-monitoring program has helped us to lay the groundwork for
strengthening and expanding the La Flor Wildlife Refuge’s marine areas.
research team is currently traveling home, but we look forward to
learning about changes over the past two years. The monitoring program
and data will be set as open-access so that researchers and managers
from the Ministry of Natural Resources and other organizations can put
the information to good use. The researchers also collected 18
coral specimens in anticipation of a difficult El Niño event where ocean
temperatures could lead to destruction of the reef through coral
bleaching. By establishing the baseline conditions undersea, we are
laying the groundwork for a biological corridor that truly connects and
protects from “Ridge to Reef”.