Complaint filed in deaths of turtles in the Pacific

The Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación has filed a formal complaint over the deaths of turtles and other marine creatures off the coast of southwest Costa Rica.

The complaint was to the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo.

The executive board of the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación was the complainant Friday, four days after the Servico Nacional de Guardacoastas found dead turtles floating in the Pacific.

The agency said it was seeking a joint investigation with the Tribunal Ambiental.

A press release announcing the complaint did not report the scope of the deaths, although it did report that other sea creatures were found dead. Residents of the area and environmentalists blame illegal fishing. There are fishing boats and shrimp trawlers offshore.

The Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación noted that the coast guard retrieved some dead turtles for analysis but said that the results have not yet been reported. The autopsies are being done by the Centro de Conservación de la Tortuga Marina de Osa.

A.M. Costa Rica has been reporting on the deaths of turtles since Wednesday morning.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal also is investigating.

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