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Deal to Protect Waters Around Costa Rica’s ‘Jurassic Park Island’ Falls Through

Costa Rica News – A COMMITMENT TO create a marine protected area around Cocos Island fell through, though the country’s new government may take another look.
Two years ago, former Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís made international news by committing to a 4,000-square-mile expansion of the marine protected area around the extraordinarily biodiverse waters of Cocos Island National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 330 miles (532 kilometers) off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The shark-rich region is plagued by illegal fishing and shark finning operations. But on leaving office last May, Solís failed to enact the protection conservationists say is needed.
Political leaders should be accountable for their commitments, said Enric Sala, a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who has worked with Costa Rican officials for a number

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