Once again, on December 4, 2016, a scientific team sailed to Cocos Island National Park. Eighteen experts left Puntarenas to continue the work that Conservation International has supported on this World Heritage Site for the past 12 years. In a project developed jointly with CIMAR of the University of Costa Rica, scientists specialized in diverse fields of marine biology have been dedicated to evaluating the health of the submarine ecosystems of the island.
Thirty-six hours are necessary to reach it, and although the planning of the expedition had begun several months ago, the crossing was dedicated to the completion of the preparations. All the members received safety instructions, they were informed about the working protocols, they prepared their diving equipment and became familiar with the ship and its crew.
Written by Jacquelyn Burmeister, US biology student
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